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David Villa: MLS deserves respect from everybody for how good it is

David Villa

The 35-year-old New York City FC striker David Villa told about his career.

“Football was much, much more than I hoped it would be,” the New York City FC striker told CNN ahead of his team’s opening day MLS defeat to Orlando. “If I dreamed as a kid, I could never have foreseen such amazing things.”

David Villa has positive feelings about MLS.

“I don’t think there is anyone that can come to the MLS for one, two, three months and talk badly about the league,” says Villa, defending the league’s standard.

“All these comments from people that talk badly about it, without a doubt it’s because they haven’t analyzed the league.

“I’ve been here, I’ve seen the league for a long time and it deserves respect from everybody for how good it is.”

Villa believes it is important to remember the roots.

“I think everyone needs to remember where they came from,” Villa says. “Realistically, I’ve lived brilliant experiences thanks to football.

“But the first 21 years of my life I lived in Asturias, so David Villa, not just the footballer but also the person, was created there, was formed there.

“Obviously with all these experiences in different cities one goes on learning and becoming more mature, but everything that I am today has those roots — you can’t forget where you come from.”

David says that Pep Guardiola is a special coach for him.

“I would like to praise all of my coaches,” Villa says. “From Pep to the first I had as a kid, because all of them have helped make me who I am.

“But yes, Pep was special in my career. I think he’s shown what he is like as a coach with everything he has achieved – with him I think I evolved my game.

“I learned a lot of things that made me be a better player and have more of a variety on the pitch.”

Also Villa has compared Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We are very lucky to be born in an era in which they are both playing and I think we need to enjoy them,” says Villa, who concedes his opinion might be a touch biased.

“Obviously, if you ask for my opinion, it’s Leo. I think he has something different, not just to Cristiano, but to everyone else.

“Having him as a teammate and seeing him every day only increases that feeling.”

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