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Ricardo Villa in 1981
|Full name||Ricardo Julio Villa|
|Date of birth||18 August 1952|
|Place of birth||Roque Pérez, Argentina|
|1973||→San Martín de Tucumán (loan)||10||(3)|
|1974–1976||Atlético de Tucumán||51||(19)|
|1983||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||19||(3)|
|1986–1989||Defensa y Justicia||93||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Villa was born in Roque Pérez, Buenos Aires. In the 1970s he played successively for Quilmes, Atlético de 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 a total of 25 goals in 179 Spurs appearances including 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.
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.
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.
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