David Villa made a triumphant return to Mestalla. The Spanish forward played his 100th game for FC Barcelona and he did it in front of the fans that watched him grow and succeed as a professional.
The Blaugrana forward has played 64 matches in La Liga, 10 in the Copa del Rey, 21 in the Champions League, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and one in the Club World Cup for Barça. Villa has scored 42 goals from his 100 official matches for the Catalan Club.
Fantastic first year
Villa’s first year at FC Barcelona couldn’t have been better. He scored 23 goals from 52 matches: 18 in the Liga, 1 in the Copa del Rey and 4 in the Champions League.
One of the forward’s most memorable goals was scored in Wembley against Manchester United in the final of the Champions League. Villa’s strike secured the Champions League title for the Blaugrana.
On December 15 of 2011, in his 76th match as a Blaugrana, David Villa fractured his tibia during the Al-Sadd vs Barça Club World Cup semi-final match (0-4). Barça would go on to defeat Santos in the final.
On July 31 of 2012, seven and a half months after his injury, Villa was given the all clear to return to competitive play. He played his first minutes in the friendly against Dinamo Bucharest, and on August 19 he featured in in the 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad in La Liga. Villa scored the fifth goal of that match.
On November 28, in the FC Barcelona-Alaves Cup match (3-1), Villa scored two goals which took his all-time goal tally from 299 to 301.