The Spaniard has had a wonderful career to this point, winning numerous league, cup and European titles in his native country with Real Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as well as becoming a European (2008) and World Cup champion (2010) with the national team.
His international performance is remarkable and he holds a wide array of records for the Spanish national side, including most goals (59), most World Cup finals goals (9) and most goals scored in one World Cup (5 in 2010).
Out of the top ten goalscorers in Major League Soccer last season, only Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City holds a better career goals-per-game ratio than David Villa with 0.57 on average per-game – Villa’s is 0.50 per-game.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Villa has netted these goals at the highest level of the game consistently, both at club and international level, whereas Dwyer, despite all his undeniable talent, has never ventured outside of MLS, nor has he played for his country.
The Spanish goal-machine possesses the technique and finishing ability that most can only dream of and has regularly produced in the world’s most elite competitions which will allow him to bring in a whole wealth of experience due to the honours he’s won in the past (and lost, of course).
With the support from midfield in the shape of players such as Frank Lampard, the New York City frontline could make for a devastating combination, providing they click.
Will David Villa make a big impact in his first MLS season?