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David Villa earning his pay at New York City FC

by Tom Conn | Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Javier J Hernandez breaks down the steal the Manchester City-owned New York City FC pulled off by signing former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

At the start of 2015 David Villa moved to New York to start a new and exciting project at the Yankee Stadium. La Roja all-time top scorer started the 2015 MLS campaign as the captain and major star of a new expansion team, the New York FC.

The former Atlético Madrid striker had the hard task of being a featured star in a new league, in his first adventure outside Spain; Villa was also assigned as one of the three Designated Players that a MLS team is allowed to have.

Due to the salary cap establish in America, teams can only paid just over $400,000 to a single player per season, unless a player is a “Designated Player”. This rule allows MLS teams to persuade big names to come to the league (as they can pay them as much as they want) while restricting teams with just only thee “super” stars making the league more competitive.

But with big salaries comes big responsibilities and Villa hasn’t led his team down (putting pressure in teammates Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard to do the same). El Guaje has had a direct participation (goals plus assists) in 21 scores so far this year. Only surpass by Kei Kamara (21 goals 6 assists) and Designated Players Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), who leads all players participating in 30 goals (19 scores 11 assists), and L.A Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane (15 goal 7 assists).

Out of the 46 Designated Players, only the Italian has scored more goals than the former Barcelona striker. Looking at the list of the 15 best paid players in the MLS (Source Major League Soccer Players Union) only Obafemi Martins, as well as Keane and Giovinco, are producing goals at a lower rate than the La Roja striker.

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At the moment, the New York FC is “paying” just over $250,000 for every goal that involves Villa a healthier figure than the one “paid” by Orlando City regarding Kaka. As the goals involving the Brazilian are costing over half a million dollars. Or the ones spent by Toronto FC with Michael Bradley, who are almost spending a million dollars for every goal involving the American skipper. While Jermaine Jones still haven’t been involved in any goals with New England despite his high salary.

If we look at the most prolific players (those who have been involve in at least 15 goals) no one invest their money better than Columbus Crew, where Ethan Finley and Kei Kamara are only costing $15,833 and $25,556 a goal respectively.

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While David Villa’s high salary is shown here as only Seattle Sounders spent more money in every goal involving Clint Dempsey than New York in goals involving Villa.

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But considering the minutes that the Spaniard has played, his production and involvement with the team, Villa has been a great “Designated Player” for the New York FC being one of the best among the best and helping the MLS to growth even further.

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