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Ricardo Villa

Ricardo Julio "Ricky" Villa (pronounced VEE-jah; born August 18, 1952 in Roque Pérez, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football coach and former professional midfielder.

Career

He played successively for Quilmes, San Martín de Tucumán and Racing Club. Together with Ossie Ardiles, he was snapped up by Tottenham's Keith Burkinshaw after Argentina's success in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

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 against Manchester City in the FA Cup Final replay in 1981 - for which he won the Wembley goal of the century award in 2001. Today, Spurs fans recall Ricky's unique contribution wearing t-shirts with his hirsute visage morphed into Che Guevara's.

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

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 sqaud

Honours

  • World Cup Winner 1978
  • FA Cup winner 1981

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