Tottenham’s Ricky Villa said ‘p*ss off’ to moving to England and wore jeans to meet Princess Anne after winning the FA Cup


HE looked like a cross between Christopher Lee and Tony Ferrino but when he made the long journey over to England from Argentina, alongside his friend Ossie Ardiles, he quickly became a cult hero at White Hart Lane.

It helped, of course, that he scored the greatest goal in the history of the FA Cup, when he weaved his magic to score the winner against Manchester City in 1981…

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Ricardo Villa – known as Ricky – played for Tottenham between 1978 and 1983[/caption]

He’s a good ol’ country boy…

Ricardo Julio Villa was brought up on a farm in the Argentine Pampas where his job was to milk the cows each morning before riding his horse to school.

Today, he lives back on his own 740-acre ranch in the town of Roque Pérez, about 100km from Buenos Aires.

“It’s the life I had before I started to play football,” he said.

“After a career travelling around the world, I’m back home in the same place. I’m pleased about that because I enjoy the quiet life.”

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Villa won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1981[/caption]


He was raised on a farm in Argentina milking cows and travelling to school on a horse.. but not this one[/caption]