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David Villa Joins Indian Super League Side Odisha FC as a Global Football Advisor

Mudeet Arora
David Villa is the new Global Football Advisor of Odisha FC in the Indian Super League
David Villa is the new Global Football Advisor of Odisha FC in the Indian Super League / Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images

Spain's World Cup winning striker David Villa has been signed up by Indian Super League side Odisha FC for the role of a global football advisor by recently appointed British-Indian president Raj Athwal.

Villa won 15 major trophies in his incredible playing career and will now advise Odisha FC as they aim to become India's best football club.

Definitely one of the best strikers of his generation, Villa is Spain's highest goalscorer. He also featured for great clubs like FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in his coveted career.

Villa, who co-founded the DV7 Group football consultancy five years ago, believes that his experience with working some of the greatest footballers in history can prove invaluable experience to pass on to Odisha FC and Indian football in general.

"I will try and bring my experience [to the role]," Villa said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News.

He added, "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 concluded, "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."

The Spanish maestro retired at the end of last season following a spell at Vissel Kobe alongside his former teammate Andres Iniesta.

On being asked if he was tempted to play in the ISL instead of become an advisor of Odisha FC, Villa said, "It was the first question of the people of Odisha! I took a decision a year ago to stop playing because I thought that was it was the [right] moment, not because I felt that I cannot play soccer anymore. I believe if I train I can play soccer for sure."

He added, "But I thought that moment [when I decided to retire] was the right time. As you know, life is not just about soccer I am 39 and I played for 20 years as a soccer player."

Villa concluded, "I think I can help more the sport of football and the world of football in my position right now than on the field. I think I took the right decision because I am very happy now. I miss football a little bit, but i think I can help in the position now more than the things I can do on the field."