Ricardo Villa

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This article is about the football player and coach. For the composer, see Ricardo Villa (composer).
Ricardo Villa
Ricardo Villa1981.jpg
Ricardo Villa in 1981
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Julio Villa
Date of birth (1952-08-18) 18 August 1952 (age 61)
Place of birth Roque Pérez, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1974 Quilmes 108 (20)
1973 San Martín de Tucumán (loan) 10 (3)
1974–1976 Atlético de Tucumán 51 (19)
1976–1978 Racing Club 52 (6)
1978–1983 Tottenham Hotspur 133 (18)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 19 (3)
1984–1985 Deportivo Cali 0 (0)
1986–1989 Defensa y Justicia 93 (4)
Total 466 (73)
National team
1975–1978 Argentina 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ricardo Julio "Ricky" Villa (locally: [riˈkarðo ˈβiʃa]; born 18 August 1952 in Roque Pérez, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football coach and former professional midfielder.

Career[edit]

In the 1970s he played successively for Quilmes, Club Atlético Tucumán and Racing Club. At the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he was a member of the Argentinian team that won the tournament and made two appearances as a substitute in the second round. Afterwards, he was snapped up by Tottenham Hotspur's Keith Burkinshaw together with Ossie Ardiles.

Arriving to a ticker tape welcome at White Hart Lane, Villa scored one goal against Nottingham Forest on his debut. Villa scored 18 goals in 133 Spurs appearances, none more spectacular than his winning goal against Manchester City in the FA Cup Final replay in 1981 – for which he won the Wembley goal of the century award in 2001. He had also opened the scoring in the 8th minute of that final replay. Today, Spurs fans recall Ricky's unique contribution wearing t-shirts with his hirsute visage morphed into Che Guevara's.

Villa played on in Argentina, Colombia and the United States before ending his career in the lower leagues of Argentine football with Defensa y Justicia.

Villa also represented Argentina in the 1991 edition of the World Cup of Masters, scoring in the opening round against England.

He dedicated himself to politics during the 1990s, but since July 2005 has been the technical secretary of Talleres de Córdoba. He resides in Villa Carlos Paz with his wife and four children. As of November 2007, it was announced by FIFA that all members of winning World Cup squads prior to 1982 would receive World Cup winners medals and this includes Villa as part of the 1978 World Cup winning squad.

On 7 February 2008, Villa along with his compatriot Ossie Ardiles was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • World Cup Winner 1978
  • FA Cup Winner 1981

References[edit]

  1. ^ HALL OF FAME SPECIAL. tottenhamhotspur.com. 8 January 2008.