Indian Super League Club (ISL) Odisha FC on Thursday appointed former Spain striker David Villa as its new head of global operations. The 39-year-old World Cup and European Championship winner finished his career as a player in 2019. David Villa won the World Cup with Spain in 2010.
“World Cup winner and Spanish football legend David Villa was brought in by Odisha FC to spearhead our global football operations,” tweeted Osidha FC. Villa retired for Spain with 98 majors, scoring 59 goals, making him the country’s all-time leading scorer.
Villa said, “I will try to bring my experience to the fore. Obviously, I did not play in India, but I played football for 20 years as a professional and in the academy. And all the projects we are involved in, I try to give all my experience in football.”
Odisha, situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, ended without any competition at the bottom of the previous season. Club President Raj Athwal said, “David’s arrival is a statement of intent for the Odisha Football Club, the region, supporters, and the Super League Hero Indian in general.”
Villa played predominantly in the league, representing Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, winning three league titles and one Champions League. David Villa also served internships in the USA, Australia, and Japan.
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