Don Garber, as the highest commissioner of the MLS, gave David Villa the MVP of the 2016 season. El Guaje receives it in his second season in the league, the highest individual award of the MLS.
David Villa led New York City to their first historic appearance in the Playoffs and closed the season with 23 goals and four assists. Villa, along with Bradley Wright-Phillips, has been the most prolific striker in the past two seasons with 41 goals (2015-16).
The Spanish striker is on the list of MVP after Sebastian Giovinco, winner last season's and Robbie Keane, named best player in 2014.
In addition, Villa received a surprisa during the act with a video in which several of his former companions congratulated him for the MVP. Gerard Piqué and Xavi Hernández, of the Football Club Barcelona and the Spanish national team, Koke Resurrection, Gabi Fernandez, Diego Godín and Juanfran Torres, of Atletico Madrid, Pepe Reina, Juan Mata and Rául González Blanco, former teammates in the Spanish team, dedicated to Villa an affectionate words of congratulation.
Also Jack Harrison, current player of New York City and Landon Donovan, historical footballer of the MLS and of the American selection of soccer joined the initiative.
The New York City striker was visibly excited by the congratulations received from around the world and appreciated it to all who participated in the video.