David Villa can lead Spain to glory once again

David Villa

The Spanish striker can still be the man to score the goals that will deliver success to the national side who are looking to retain the World Cup.

The 32-year-old has struggled with injuries but enjoyed a successful season with Atletico Madrid and heads into the World Cup in good form.

David Villa was arguably Spain's best player four years ago in South Africa and ended the tournament with five goals, helping La Roja to win their first ever World Cup.

Spain's all-time leading goalscorer missed Euro 2012 with a broken leg picked up while playing for Barcelona but returned to the national setup in time for the Confederations Cup last year in which he netted three times, after scoring a hat-trick in Spain's 10-0 win against Tahiti.

He joined Atletico last summer and helped the side win their first La Liga title since 1996 in a brilliant season that also saw them finish runners-up in the Champions League.

After netting twice in Spain's 2-0 friendly win against El Salvador on Saturday, David Villa looks set to add to his already impressive tally of eight goals in two World Cup's.

He is a favourite of coach Vicente Del Bosque, and will likely play a key role in La Roja's bid to retain the Jules Rimet trophy in Brazil this summer.

The former Valencia man may have never looked as dangerous as he was prior to breaking his leg three years ago, but Villa is coming off the back of a good season with Atletico and looks set for a strong performance at the tournament.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance Created / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsMins
David Villa Atletico Madrid FW 36 13 4 0.78 2.08 2,397

Villa was played on the left-wing for the majority of the campaign and his returns are all the more impressive as a result.

He has scored 60 goals in 96 appearances for the national team giving a goal ratio of 0.63 and looks certain to add to that already impressive record at this summer's tournament.

With Diego Costa struggling with a hamstring injury, Villa could lead the line in the false nine position for Del Bosque in Brazil, though it is expected that he will remain on the left hand side of the 4-3-3 formation the Spanish deploy so successfully.

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