And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography

And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography

by Ricky Villa, Federico Ardiles


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And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography by Ricky Villa, Federico Ardiles

Ossie claimed the limelight with his wonderful control and endearing accent, but when Ricky dribbled his way round half the Manchester City team to score the greatest ever Wembley goal in 1981 he swerved his way into the hearts of the nation and a permanent place in English football folklore. For so long uncomfortable speaking in English, in And Still Ricky Villa - through the translation of Federico Ardiles (Ossie's son) - for the first time Ricky is able to tell his story. From his childhood growing up on a farm in rural Argentina, when he would ride to school on horseback, to becoming Argentina's first million dollar player, starring for his country alongside a promising teenager called Diego Maradona and winning the World Cup on home soil as part of Argentina's 1978 squad. He talks in depth about arriving in London with Ossie and - despite the tickertape reception - his frustration at being unable to communicate properly and his subsequent despair. He tells of how he grew to love Spurs and English football (and the English countryside), reveals the elation of scoring that wonder goal at Wembley and how he was torn between two countries at war during the Falklands conflict. Packed with great stories, And Still Ricky Villa is a vibrant account of the life of one of English football's most-loved characters and a fascinating insight into what it was like to be a foreign player in the first division in the 1970s and 80s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905326891
Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ricky Villa played 25 times for Argentina and was a World Cup winner in 1978. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur later that year and made 133 appearances and scored 18 goals for the North London club.

His FA Cup Final Replay winning goal in 1981 was voted as the Wembley Goal of the Century.

Spurs fans pay tribute to the man to this day by wearing t-shirts with his face morphed into Che Guevara's.

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