Spain's David Villa watches his back-heel attempt go into the net for the final goal of his international career.
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By The SI Staff
June 23, 2014

David Villa made sure to end his Spain national team career with one final highlight. 

Villa, who announced his international retirement effective at the end of Spain's World Cup run, scored a sumptuous back-heel goal in the first half of Spain's World Cup finale against Australia. Already eliminated and playing for pride, the defending champion started Villa, Spain's all-time leading scorer, and it paid off. 

With right back Juanfran getting into the attack, Villa made himself available for a cross inside the box. Essentially unmarked, Villa received Juanfran's pass and turned it into the net with a smooth back-heel finish in the 36th minute. It was his 59th and final goal in a Spain shirt, as he was substituted in the 57th minute for Juan Mata, displaying his emotions as he walked off the field. 

Villa, Spain's leading scorer in its run to the 2010 World Cup title, will be hoping to bring that flair and proficiency in front of goal to New York City FC next MLS season, with him being introduced as the club's first signing. Prior to joining NYCFC, he will play on loan at Melbourne City -- owned by NYCFC co-owner Manchester City -- to enter the expansion campaign in shape. 

Watch Villa's final Spain goal below:

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