60 seconds: Ricky Villa on favourite goal

Tue, 11 Jan 09:42:00 2011

Eurosport spent 60 seconds with Spurs legend Ricky Villa and learnt that he does not consider his FA Cup final goal the best of his career.

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Who was your sporting hero?

Cassius Clay was the top man for me. The story around him was magnificent. He was my hero.

What would you have done if you hadn't been a footballer?

I was never thinking about this. The only way was for me to be a footballer. No second choice.

Who was the best player you ever played with?

Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles. I only ever played with Diego Maradona in training, never in an official game. He was the best, but Hoddle and Ossie were both amazing too.

And what about against?

Rivelino. He had a lovely left foot, a superb player.

Which was the team you most enjoyed beating?

Manchester United. I know the derby is Arsenal, but when I was younger I heard a lot about United, and it was amazing to beat them in Manchester.

Everyone knows about your famous FA Cup final goal against Manchester City. Is that the best goal you ever scored?

Maybe not the best, but the most important goal in my life. When I was younger I scored for River Plate. It was beautiful and I will never forget it. I did a special move and passed the keeper. This was always my dream, to walk the ball into the goal - and I did it in this match.

Did you have any embarrassing moments on the pitch?

I got sent off twice in my career. I lost my head, and afterwards always felt embarrassed. I said some bad things to the referee.

If there was one thing you could change in your career, what would it be?

Maybe in my mind, because I never trained at 100 per cent. I never made the effort to improve my football. I believed I was a great player and didn't need to train hard, but now I know that you can always improve.

If you could have any three people over for dinner, who would they be?

Muhammad Ali, Pele and George Best. For me, he was one of the best British players ever.

What would you cook for them?

Argentinian barbecue, at my ranch. This is the place to have a good steak!

If your house was on fire, what would you run back in to save (apart from loved ones, of course)?

Maybe my Tottenham and Argentina shirts, the ones I wore when we won trophies.

Can you tell us a joke?

Not in English I don't think, but perhaps in Spanish. In Spanish I am a very funny guy!

Ricky's autobiography 'And still Ricky Villa...' is out now in hardback from Vision Sports Publishing

Tony Mabert / Eurosport

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