David Villa's life after football

It was key in the successes of the Spanish national team, with which he won a World Cup and a Euro and thanks to which he maintains the title of top scorer in the history of Spanish football with 59 goals. But David Villa, 37 years old – turns 38 on December 3rd, has decided that it's time to hang up his boots. The Guaje, a nickname he acquired when he started to excel in sporting's youth ranks of his native Gijón, announced last Wednesday his retirement from football, which will come next January, when he finishes his season at the Japanese Vissel Kobe, where he shares grass and dressing room with Andrés Iniesta.

"I've always told myself that I prefer to leave football before football leaves me," the athlete himself said at the press conference where he announced his retirement. After almost two decades in this elite sport, David Villa leaves football, but halfway through because he himself has taken care of preparing the ground well to have something to devote himself to when the time came,

The Asturian striker has just acquired Queensboro FC in New York. A team under construction that is expected to start competing in 2021 in the USL Championship, the TOP-of-the-box USL team that is likely to be joined by players trained in the football schools that David Villa has around the world. Under the name DV7 Soccer Academy, the footballer has created a network of training points with presence in Spain, the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China, Tokyo and Canada.

zoom in David Villa, at the World Cup in South Africa, in 2010. Alex Livesey - FIFA FIFA via Getty Images

But Villa's business goes beyond the ball game. Together with his wife, Patricia González, he owns a company dedicated to the exploitation of image rights, Sociedad de Imagen Villa Sánchez SL. and another real estate wealth management, Sociedad de Inversiones Villa y González SL, which Vanitatis reveals, has a share capital of two million euros and a net worth of 11,400,000 euros, so the present and future financial is not going to be a problem in the retirement of the footballer. In addition, as the same publication adds, the couple has two penthouses located in a privileged area of Gijón and an apartment of 130 square meters in the town of Viesques. The player has recently sold a luxury apartment he owned in Ibiza with a large covered terrace and still maintains the house of Pozuelo de Alarcón that he acquired during his time at Atletico Madrid.

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A golden retreat where your large family won't be missing. Lifelong friends, David Villa and Patricia González began their courtship at the age of 17 and married in Langreo in 2003. Both share their passion for football, as González came to play for the Santo Tomás de La Felguera team, although she soon hung up the boots to follow her partner. Two years after their wedding Zaida was born Zaida, their first daughter. In 2009 Olaya arrived and, in January 2013, Luca completed the family. Always in a discreet background, they are the ones who have always accompanied Villa on his football adventures in Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Melbourne and Japan.