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09.06.2011 11:13

Villa: Goals that win titles

Jesús Carrillo

David Villa, as a world champion in South Africa, had won the Cup and Super Cup for Valencia. In his first year at Barça he’s added to his honours with another Super Cup, the League and the Champions League, and has scored 23 goals.

Villa: Goals that win titles

Next season he’ll have the opportunity of winning the European Super Cup in Monaco, and the FIFA World Club Championship in Japan. Although he scored less goals than in his last season with Valencia (28), Villa’s 23 goals have helped FC Barcelona win trophies.

Almost always in the starting line-up

2010-11-07_PARTIDO_11.JPGVilla didn’t require an adaptation phase. In the first game of the season Villa scored his first goal, against Racing Santander, and his place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up was a constant throughout the season. Usually starting out wide and always putting in lots of effort, Villa played 34 of the 38 league games, 12 of the 13 possible in the Champions League, and 5 of 9 in the Spanish Cup. Villa totalled 4,170 minutes on the pitch in the season which ended on May 28th in London.

Second top scorer

David Villa was the team's second leading scorer with 23 goals (18 in the League, 4 in the Champions, and 1 in the Cup), and on top of that he provided 6 goal assists. Statistically, he was behind only Messi, who managed some stratospheric stats: 53 goals and 24 assists.

Key moments

FCB_-_REAL_MADRID_x32x.jpgWhile it’s true that, as like all the World’s top goalscorers, Villa had periods of drought, his goals were almost always crucial, either by scoring first or equalising. In most cases Villa’s goals were vital in winning the 3 points or getting through cup ties. Possibly the most important goal he scored was against Arsenal in London, which improved Barça’s chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals, following the 2-1 defeat..

And certainly the most celebrated goals he scored were in the Camp Nou against Real Madrid on the night of the 5-0 drubbing and the goal that closed the season, the third goal, beating Van der Sar at Wembley. It was the goal that sealed the game, scored by a player who came to Barcelona to live moments like the ones at Wembley and Levante, where Barça won the Champions League and League, respectively.

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