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5.0 out of 5 stars From Gaucho Cowboy to Wembley Hero, 9 Nov 2010
This review is from: And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Ricky Villa rarely gave interviews during his five season spell at Spurs, probably due to the fact that whenever the press men came knocking he took the opportunity to hide behind his team-mate and interpreter Ossie Ardiles.

In this superb book, Villa tells what it was like to be one of English football's first foreign imports, in the days when it could be a lonely existence thousands of miles away from home without the Internet, satellite TV, mobile phones or a Sat Nav to help you settle in a foreign country. Villa recalls how he and Ardiles would spend hours driving around London lost with Villa hopelessly trying to map read! In the end, the Argentinians took to either the bus or the Tube to get around as it was easier.

The son of a gaucho cowboy, Villa began his journey to a Wembley wonder goal on a rural farm in Argentina's Pampas, where he would milk the cows every morning before riding his horse to school. He played for his local football team to pass the time and went on to become his country's first million-dollar footballer and a World Cup winner on home soil. The move to Spurs followed soon afterwards, but his time in North London England wasn't all mazy dribbles and Wembley winners. He struggled to fit into the side and was by his own admission a lazy so so in training and on the pitch. He was however capable of producing some South American magic when the stars were aligned to his liking - cue John Motson...

"And Still Ricky Villa" is an honest, distinctly personal account of one brilliant footballer's struggle to get the most out of his talent. He was one of my heroes as a 11-year-old boy, but I knew more about quantum physics than Tottenham's other Argentinian. It may have taken 30 years to discover the real Ricky Villa, but it's been worth the wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CRACKING GOOD READ FOR SPURS FANS, 19 Feb 2011
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David H. Hargreaves "dhargreaves2002" (Guisborough, Teesside) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography (Hardcover)
While the Ricky Villa story is an excellent page-turner for all Spurs fans, it falls slightly into the category of "typical football biog." As such, I'd only give it 4 stars. Ricky's upbringing in a poor family in Argentina is very archetypal of soccer players "how I was dragged up backwards but made it good on my own" stories from the 60s and 70s, and you may wish to skip through it.
However, the book is very interesting to ALL football fans in that it describes in detail possibly the VERY FIRST SUCCESSFUL foreign imports into the English League. Tottenham Hotspur as a club come out very well in this respect, going the extra mile to help Ricky and his constant buddy Osvaldo Ardiles settle in. Amazingly, Ardiles who was the more established International in the Argentine victorious World Cup side that summer of 1978, was cheaper than Villa (who appeared only twice as a sub.) The punt that Keith Birkinshaw took on these 2 players deserves more credit, he really was shooting into the unknown at the time and helped pave the way for more illustrious foreign players to come over here, and subsequently light up our lives; or not.
Ricky spent only 5 seasons at Spurs, best described as patchy. He was a typical "Spurs" player, very gifted but bloody lazy! His later story of failed Management attempts (after a promising start)and successful Political career followed by life as a Gaucho are fascinating, and give you a much greater insight into the man who spoke no English on his arrival at Spurs in 1978.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And Still Ricky Villa, 29 May 2013
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What a great Autobiography from a pioneer of the evolution of the international football star raising the profile of the English football appeal world wide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For my Son, 2 April 2013
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I never read it but my son loved it as he is a great fan of Villa and it was for him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present, 10 Dec 2012
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A great book about a great footballer. Recommended to any other Spurs fans who remember the good old Ossie/Villa days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ricky, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 10 Jan 2011
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P. Edwards (West Essex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: And Still Ricky Villa: My Autobiography (Hardcover)
If you are a Spurs fan and are getting on a bit in years, you'll remember Rick's fairly short career at Spurs. He didn't have many great games it's fair to say, but he captured the ethos of Tottenham Hotspur with his captivating style of football. This book reveals all the trials and tribulations surrounding his transfer with Ossie in 1978. It's obvious he suffered quite a bit for his day of glory in May 1981, but what a day and will never be forgotten...great goal Ricky...Cheers!
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