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Ricardo Julio "Ricky" Villa (born 18 August 1952) is an Argentine football coach and former professional midfielder.

Following the 1978 FIFA World Cup, at which he was a member of the victorious Argentine team, he was snapped up by Tottenham Hotspur's Keith Burkinshaw together with Ossie Ardiles.

Arriving to a ticker tape welcome at White Hart Lane, Villa scored one goal against Nottingham Forest on his debut. Villa scored a total of 25 goals in 179 Spurs appearances including his winning goal against Manchester City in the FA Cup Final replay in 1981 – for which he won the Wembley goal of the century award in 2001. He had also opened the scoring in the 8th minute of that final replay.

On 7 February 2008, Villa along with his compatriot Ossie Ardiles was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.


1980-81 - FA Cup (6)
1981 - Charity Shield (shared)


Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame
C. AllenL. AllenP. AllenAndertonArdilesBakerBlanchflowerBrownBurgessBurkinshawClemenceChiversCoatesDimmockDitchburnDysonEnglandFreundBealGilzeanGinolaGreavesGrimsdellHallHenryHoddleJenningsJonesLinekerMabbuttMackayMedwinMillerMulleryNicholsonNormanPerrymanPetersPrattRobertsSheringhamSmithVillaWaddleWhite
1981 FA Cup Final squad - winners
GK: AleksicLB: HughtonCB: MillerCB: RobertsRB: Perryman (c) • LM: GalvinCM: HoddleCM: ArdilesRM: VillaCF: ArchibaldCF: CrooksMF: Brooke • - Manager: Burkinshaw
1982 Football League Cup Final squad - runners-up
GK: ClemenceLB: HughtonCB: MillerCB: PriceRB: Perryman (c) • LM: GalvinCM: HoddleCM: ArdilesRM: HazardCF: ArchibaldCF: CrooksMF: Villa • - Manager: Burkinshaw