Spain's all-time leading goalscorer David Villa will be a lead investor in a new club in the United States.

  • The former Barcelona and New York City striker, who helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup, will spearhead a team in the New York borough of Queens.
  • Queensboro FC has been awarded a franchise in the USL Championship, the second tier of US football, from 2021.
  • Villa, 37, follows ex-England captain David Beckham and ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in co-owning US clubs.
  • QBFC's ownership group is led by Villa and New York businessman Jonathan Krane, chief executive of asset management firm KraneShares.
  • Villa joined Japanese club Vissel Kobe last December and plans to retire before 2021 to focus on the USL project. The team will play most of their home matches in a new stadium with a capacity of around 7,500, and also at Citi Field, home of baseball's New York Mets.