David Villa scored his 300th career goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 victory against Alvas in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday and has spoken of his pride at the impressive achievement.
Tito Vilanova’s side suffered a temporary setback when Borja Viguera gave the away side the lead half way through the first half, but Barca grabbed an equaliser shortly before the sides went in for the half-time break.
Then Spanish international striker Villa scored a double in the second half that secured an easy victory for the Catalans on the night and on aggregate, with the overall 6-1 score sending Barca cruising through to the fifth round of the competition.
Villa has now scored 39 goals for his current club, seven of which have been converted this season, for much of which the striker has found himself with limited opportunities in the first team.
“I have not played 90 minutes. The 301 goals make you think that you’ve done well and makes you feel proud to have achieved many goals,” said the former Valencia star.
Villa’s impressive display and brace against Alvas reminded coach Vilanova of his capabilities in front of goal, and the Barca boss was quick to praise the striker.
“I think David has been fine, has scored twice and has completed 90 minutes,” he said.
“He has been playing regularly and every day I see an improvement. He has worked extensively with Emili Ricart (the club’s physio) over the summer.”
Villa has been pleased with his recovery from injury, and has expressed his gratitude for the patience displayed to him by the club.
“There has been a small break in terms of recovery. But it’s normal, I’m recovered and I’ve trained well all week,” said the striker.
“I have always felt important, even when injured.”