The 32-year-old has joined the MLS side after just one season with
Atletico Madrid, who he helped to win their first Liga title in 18 years
by scoring 13 goals in the league
New York City FC have confirmed that Spain's all-time leading goalscorer David Villa has become their first-ever signing as an MLS club.
former Valencia and Barcelona striker departs Atletico Madrid after
just one season, having scored 13 league goals to help his side become
Liga champions for the first time since 1996.
The forward will
begin playing for New York City at the start of the 2015 MLS season,
which will begin in March of that year, and will be the club's inaugural
campaign in the competition.
“Throughout my career I've always tried to keep pushing myself to
achieve new targets and this represents another important goal for me,”
the 32-year-old told New York City's official website.
“I want to
try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard,
scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become
the best team in the league.
"It's a real honor that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me.
keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and
prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me,” he
Meanwhile, City's CEO called the signing a historic event for the club.
is a historic and exciting moment for the City family and the building
of New York City Football Club,” said Ferran Soriano.
David really well; he is one of the best footballers in the world, a
true winner and in an outstanding moment of his career. I’m sure New
Yorkers will enjoy watching him play for their city,” he added.
Villa has won 94 caps for Spain, scoring 56 goals and was named in their 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.