And Still Ricky Villa

And Still Ricky Villa

My Autobiography

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By Ricky Villa

Foreword by Ossie Ardiles

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ISBN: 9781905326891

Format: Hardback

Pages: 272

Size: 235 x 150

Weight: 660grammes

Illustrations: 16pp Plate section

Published: October 2010

When Argentinian World Cup winners Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles were unveiled as Tottenham Hotspur’s new signings in the summer of 1978 it was one of the most sensational transfer coups English football had ever seen. The pair made an instant impression.

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.

About the author

Ricky Villa was born and raised in rural Argentina and he was a member of the team that won the 1978 World Cup. His subsequent transfer to Tottenham Hotspur with his friend, Ossie Ardiles, was headline news and he became a terrace hit as part of the glamorous Spurs team that cemented their place in Division 1 and went on to cup glory. On leaving Tottenham he went on to play in the USA and Colombia before returning to Argentina. He now resides near Buenos Aires, where he manages a ranch, but is a frequent visitor to the UK.

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‘A book so affectionate that you could keep your hands warm reading it.’
Patrick Barclay, The Times, October 2010

Reviews

FourFourTwo

December 2010

What else would Villa's autobiography be but an entertaining mazy run through his career? From his humble farm roots to induction into Spurs and FA Cup folklore, this is a fascinating insight into the the trials of a world cup winner trying to settle in 1980s England. ★★★★✩

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