This story originally appeared in the Queens Daily Eagle at QueensEagle.com.
Legendary Spain striker David Villa joined Queens Councilmember Francisco Moya and other immigrants’ right activists in condemning the Trump administration’s decision to end English classes, soccer and legal services for unaccompanied minors in federal detention Thursday.
Villa, the Spanish National Team’s all-time leading scorer, founded DV7 Soccer Academy for kids in New York City in 2017.
“I’ve been fortunate that football has taken me around the world,” said Villa, who starred for various clubs, including NYCFC, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. “In every city and in every country I’ve seen how the game transforms lives. It breaks down barriers, reveals character and teaches us how to win and lose with dignity. There is no greater service than to give those gifts to children, to teach and inspire them.”