David Villa at El Mundo
Just a few excerpts from an interview with David Villa that ran in yesterday’s El Mundo. Actually, I just wanted an excuse to post the picture that came with the interview, because I love it! And it looks like being teammates with Andrés may have influenced David’s choice of words…
Q: Did you always want to be a forward?
A: Yes. I’ve always liked to score goals and play up front. La verdad es que I always preferred to be up front than in the back.
Q: It’s said that you’re ambidextrous because as a kid you broke your femur.
A: You should ask my father this question. I don’t remember it. But according to what he told me, as my right leg was in a cast, I had to support myself against the wall, and when he passed me the ball, I kicked it with my left foot. I was five years old. It worked out well for me. I think that today I’m a bit more precise with my right foot, but in terms of potency, with both.
Q: In Tuilla, there was a time when the heroes were the miners, not the footballers.
A: As a child, you always want to be what your father is, and in my case, he was a miner. You do see them as heroes. But when I understood what the work consisted of, how tough it could be, the attraction towards that world diminished.
Q: Your father gave you a good scare.
A: My father gave up mining because of an accident. I remember that I was about 14 years old. In reality, there were two or three accidents, one after another. The copper mine had just closed due to a fire. Thanks to God, my father is still here. Other than a broken knee and a scar, he doesn’t have any marks from the work he did for so many years.
Q: Do you consider yourself privileged?
A: Yes, but not only for not having to work in a mine, but also for the work that I have. I’m privileged because I always wanted to be a footballer. With hard work, I achieved it. There’s nothing nicer than being able to dedicate your day-to-day life to something that you’ve always dreamed about.
Q: Do you remember all your goals?
A: Yes, if you give me a piece of paper and a pen and let me think for a bit, I would be able to write all of them down. Every single one that I scored in my life.
Q: Are there any special ones?
A: Everyone likes beautiful goals, but I like the ones that bring emotion. For what they signify, I would say they are the last two of the World Cup. They were worth a lot.
Q: What do you think about when you score?
A: I feel happiness, joy, but I always think about fulfilling my duties. A forward should think about more things than just scoring goals, but at the end of the day, what is demanded of us is scoring. When I score, I know that I’m doing my job.
Q: You’re become a spokesperson for many brands recently.
A: They’re things that come up. Pero la verdad es que I feel much more comfortable on the field than on a stage.
Q: Because you’re a bit timid.
A: Everything came about as a result of the World Cup. But although I may appear in thousands of commercials, I should always remember that it’s due to my good work in the field. I’m not chosen for them because I’m the most handsome or the tallest or the nicest out of the group.