In an era where the names Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ring a bell more to the soccer fans, David Villa was operating silently.

That is why ESPN's David Cartlidge, who has been mainly covering the Spanish football scene, believes that Villa's impending retirement will make the fans fully realize his greatness.

 

On Wednesday, Villa announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the season.

 

The 37-year-old striker is currently playing for Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe.

Vissel Kobe made the semifinals of the Emperor's Cup, but the said round will not happen until Dec. 21.

If Kobe gets past the semis, the club will play in the final right on New Year's Day next year.

Sky Sports' Declan Olley reported that following his retirement, Villa will move to the United States to help bankroll Queensboro FC, which will debut in 2021.

David Villa Jesus Peramos, David Villa, Luis Rubiales and David Aganzo during an event honoring Villa for his outstanding career. Courtesy Photo