NEW YORK, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New York was the scene of the presentation of two big signings who have joined LaLiga's project for international expansion: Raul Gonzalez and David Villa. The league's president Javier Tebas, Valencia CF executive president Amadeo Salvo, who was representing Spanish clubs, and Nacho Martinez Trujillo, director of LaLiga's Strategic Projects, delivered Villa and Raul two honourary plaques that distinguish them as Global Ambassadors of LaLiga.
Juan Ramon Martinez Sainz, general counsel of Spain in New York, and Angel Martin Acebes, chief adviser to the Economic and Commercial Office for Spain in New York, were some of the other distinguished guests at the event, as well as Valencia CF legend Mario Kempes, now a sports commentator in the United States. Smiling and sharing jokes that spoke of their close relationship, the two players, who were in their time two of the best players in LaLiga, expressed their pride at the recognition: "I'm delighted to receive this post. LaLiga is growing for the best and we can all feel it," said Raul, who is still scoring goals, now for NY Cosmos.
David Villa plays for the other team in New York, NYCFC. "It is an honour to be named ambassador to promote my country around the world. Everyone knows about the Liga here and its growth is incredible," said El Guaje.
Javier Tebas highlighted the importance of the agreement, appealing to the two players' human facets as well as their sporting abilities.
He said: "Professional football doesn't just need records, it also needs values. You are ambassadors because of the success you have had and because of your success and the capacity for sacrifice and hard work you have always shown. We are counting on you to spread the word about LaLiga."