El Guaje was unveiled at the Japanese club, and will play alongside his former Barça and Spain teammate
The former Barça striker David ‘El Guaje’ Villa, who has been playing for the MLS’s New York City FC in recent seasons, has announced he will be joining former blaugrana teammate Andrés Iniesta at Japan’s Vissel Kobe, where Iniesta signed at the end of last season.
Villa scored 80 goals in 125 appearances at NYCFC in the United States, which he joined after stints of varying length at Sporting, Zaragoza, Valencia, FC Barcelona, and Atlético Madrid in Spain, as well as MelbourneCity in Australia, where he played briefly on loan while awaiting his MLS debut.
Villa is currently the Spanish national team’s all-time leading goal scorer, with 59 strikes.
The Gijón, Spain native joined Barça ahead of the 2010-11 season and went on to make 199 appearances and score 48 goals, including one in the 2011 Champions League final, in which Barça claimed the title with a 3-1 win over ManchesterUnited. Here is Villa’s full list of honors from his three seasons at the Camp Nou:
2x La Liga: 2010–11, 2012–13
1x Copa del Rey: 2011–12
2x Spanish Super Cup: 2010, 2011
1x UEFA Champions League: 2010–11
1x UEFA Super Cup: 2011
1x FIFA Club World Cup: 2011
The two superstars had an excellent connection on the pitch while playing together, no doubt one of the main keys to Barça’s dominance over that span. Here are some of the numbers behind the Spanish duo:
60 Barça games together in La Liga
63 games together with the Spain national team
Barça’s La Liga record with both on the field: 50 wins, 8 draws, 2 losses