“After 19 years of professional career, I decided to leave football at the end of this season. Thanks to all the teams, coaches and teammates who let me enjoy my dream career, ”Villa wrote on his Twitter.

He noted that his last goal would be to win the Emperor’s Cup with his current team, the finals of which will take place on January 1. At the moment, Vissel Kobe is left to hold three matches in the Japanese championship and a semifinal game in the Emperor’s Cup is to be played.

Villa is known for his performances for Valencia, Barcelona and Atlético. He is the top scorer in the history of the Spanish national team, scoring 59 goals in 98 matches. Together with the national team, he became the 2008 European Champion and the 2010 World Champion.

Earlier, Zenit footballer Yaroslav Rakitsky announced his resignation from the Ukrainian national team.