Former Barcelona star David Villa is enjoying life off the pitch after becoming a major entrepreneur following his retirement – and the former striker even owns his own club.
The World Cup winner has followed in the footsteps of David Beckham after buying into a new American football franchise, Queensboro FC, with the side set to make their debut in the USL in 2022.
Villa's investment in the new franchise looks set to be the latest in a series of shrewd moves that the Spaniard has made off the pitch since calling a day on his iconic career back in January 2020.
Villa is the co-founder of his own company, the DV7 Group, which is the umbrella company for a soccer school and a sports marketing brand with various offices across the globe.
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Villa, who now resides in New York, has proven himself to be just as clinical as he was away from the pitch as he was on it.
Villa is Spain's all-time international goalscorer after notching 59 goals in 98 appearances for his country.
He also enjoyed a sparkling career in Spain, including spells at Barca, Valencia and Atletico Madrid before he jetted out to America in his twilight years.
The striker enjoyed four years in MLS with New York City FC before finishing his career in Japan with Vissel Kobe in the J1 League.
As well as he exploits away from football, Villa has continued his love affair with the beautiful game – and not just in America.
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Villa has continued to spread his knowledge across the globe by taking up an advisory role with Indian Super League side Odisha FC.
"Obviously, I didn't play in India but I played soccer for 20 years as a professional and before that in the academy. And in all of the projects that we [my team] are involved in, I try to give all of my experience that I have in soccer," Villa said earlier this year following the announcement.
"I was very lucky to have played with great players, behind me and close to me [and I also played under some] big coaches, amazing coaches. I have played in the big tournaments of football, and I will try and help using all of that experience."
Villa will divide that role between his business interests and his new American franchise, which is set to come to life in 2022.
And Villa revealed that his time in New York playing in the MLS inspired his decision to give the borough of Queens its own team.
“I feel the passion of Queens for everything, and for soccer,” he said when discussing his move to invest in the new franchise. “It’s the borough with more demand for soccer in the world, but without a team.”
Queensboro FC will play in the league below the MLS when it makes it debut early next year.
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