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David Villa names his UEFA Champions League final goal as the best in his career

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The legendary Spanish striker thinks this was his most special goal

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Final - Barcelona v Manchester United - Wembley Stadium Photo by Sean Dempsey/PA Images via Getty Images

It’s the goal that brought Lionel Messi to his knees in ecstasy and secured Barcelona the UEFA Champions League, and it’s David Villa’s favorite goal of his career.

The Spanish legend, who is retiring at the end of the season, has picked his goal against Manchester United in the Champions League Final as his favorite goal in an interview on Cadena SER.

“Because of how important it is, and also, because some choose the most beautiful or most difficult goal... in the end, if you have to find a goal that is both beautiful and very important because of the situation, it has to be the one in the Champions League Final in Wembley,” Villa said.

”Because of all that it is: a Champions League Final, a rival like Manchester United, a stadium like Wembley, and it was also a really beautiful goal, no? And it gave us a sense of calm. We were up 2-1, and it was the 3-1 to seal the Champions League trophy. It’s a goal that combines a bit of everything.”

Here’s Villa’s curling, outside-the-box effort: