When David Villa decided to go to MLS in 2014, many considered it to be a final move before he hung up his boots; however El Guaje has found a second wind in his career, surpassing the 50 goal mark in the United States at 35 years old.
The former Spain international is this season’s second top goalscorer in the league, with 14 goals in 21 starts, just behind Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic, who has 16 and was named Player of the Month for June.
Nevertheless, Villa has had the most shots in the league with 92 and his New York City team currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, having reached the play-offs for the first time in their history last season.
Real Madrid will therefore still be wary of the great forward, despite his age. For Villa, playing against Los Blancos will bring back good memories, however his last game against them was in the Champions League final in Lisbon with Atletico Madrid.
In 28 games against Real, Villa has scored 10 goals for Real Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico. He will no doubt be one of the favourites to beat Keylor Navas, if he can get past his friend Sergio Ramos.
In addition to the Asturian, the remaining players that will start in the All-Star game are: Tim Howard, Greg Garza, Graham Zusi, DaMarcus Beasley, Miguel Almiron, Michael Bradley, Kaka, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nikolic, and Sebastian Giovinco.