David Villa has scored 401 goals for club and country. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
BRONX — New York City FC captain David Villa scored his 400th career goal for club and country against FC Dallas from the penalty spot in the 36th minute of the 3-1 win Sunday night.
This was Villa’s 68th goal in City colors, having scored for six other clubs across the globe as well as the Spanish national team. No. 400 puts him in a highly respected class of current footballers: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the only other playing players to score as many times as Villa.
At the next home match vs Colorado on Saturday, May 19, there will be a pre-match ceremony to honor David’s achievement. The first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive a captain’s armband.
Here are some interesting numbers about Villa.
Goals by team:
Valencia CF – 129
New York City FC – 68
Spanish national team – 59
FC Barcelona – 48
Sporting Gijon – 41
Real Zaragoza – 38
Atletico Madrid – 15
Melbourne City – 2
1st Professional Goal – 10/10/01 vs Real Oviedo
100th Professional Goal – 03/19/06 vs Racing Santander
200th Professional Goal – 04/19/09 vs Sevilla
300th Professional Goal – 11/28/12 vs Alaves
400th Professional Goal – 04/29/18 vs FC Dallas
Villa has scored…
Against 118 different clubs and countries
Against 19 different countries’ club teams
Against 35 different clubs in Spain
On 6 of 7 continents
9 hat tricks for club and country
16 goals vs Sevilla – most vs any opponent
74 penalties for club and country