David Gallop has confirmed to reporters Monday that the A-League’s “Goal of the Season” award shall be renamed the ‘David Villa Medal’ in honour of the Spanish international’s much-heralded strike against Sydney FC.
Much was made of Villa’s disjointed preseason, but the Spaniard was quick to quell concerns over his potential performance quality with a goal on his Melbourne City debut – leading some reporters to describe Villa as the “best player to ever grace Australian shores”.
After the match, one reporter was overheard saying, “It doesn’t matter that he did absolutely nothing for the rest of the game, he popped up and slotted home when he was needed and that is the sign of a legendary superstar.”
“It was a fairly straightforward finish. To the untrained eye, the goal may not have appeared to have been as good as Gameiro’s goal that night, or the goals of dozens of other players who have graced the A-League over the years, but the way in which Villa executed his finish with swagger and confidence makes it one of the best A-League goals of all time.”
Social media was flooded with tributes to Villa’s breathtaking finish.
My name is Villa. David Villa. I score goals for fun.
— Ray Gatt (@Gatty54) October 11, 2014
— David Zdrilic (@Zdrila) October 11, 2014
David Villa just went and snapped the A-League in two. What a finish #SYDvMCY
— Sebastian Hassett (@sebth) October 11, 2014
“If Gameiro had scored that goal, no-one would care, and rightly so, because Gameiro isn’t being paid anywhere near as much money as Villa is,” said another tweet which has since been deleted.
The David Villa Medal will be awarded every year to the scorer of the “most beautiful goal” in the A-League, as voted for by players. The 2014/15 Medal, however, has already been awarded to Villa pre-emptively.