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Australia's A-League has come a long way but has it come so far as to have a World Cup champion and Champions League finalist among its number at the peak of his powers?

The Daily Telegraph's report on David Villa seems to think so. Ambitious? Yes. Feasible? Also yes. Likely? Probably not. 

The 32-year-old Spanish and Atletico Madrid star is hot on the shopping list of Manchester City and New York Yankees-owned club New York City, which is on the market to enter the US's Major League Soccer with a bang. 

The A-League's had some big stars - Dwight Yorke was phenomenal for Sydney FC, as was Alessandro Del Piero who recently left after two years. But they were very much in the twilight of their careers, as with Newcastle United's Emile Heskey. There have also been some ridiculous stories, namely the speculation that David Beckham could end his career there after he finished up at the LA Galaxy.

Villa's potential, possible, but improbable involvement would be with Melbourne Heart, which was recently snapped up by Premier League champions City, would be with the unprecedented factor of the world class player still being at the top of his game. He did after all just win the La Liga title in his first season at Atleti ahead of the world's two biggest clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

If NY City can land his signature, the season won't kick off until March, leaving a period of inactivity for the Villa. The ambitious theory is that to keep fit Villa could play on a loan agreement - just like Brazilian legend Romario did with Adelaide United and Sydney did with Benito Carbone. 

He could sign for a loan of up to 10 matches, which still leaves the club allowed to pick up a marquee player not included in the salary cap. 

Should Villa play for the Heart, he would be back in Atletico colours of red and white stripes after the Melbourne club's request to change their strip to sky blue in line with City was rejected - Sydney FC have been sky blue since the A-League's inception and they protested successfully. 

Should former Barcelona star Villa play in the A-League, it would be the biggest signing in the competition's history. He's scored 56 goals in 94 games for Spain, who have won the past two Euros and the last World Cup meaning they're playing for an unprecedented fourth consecutive major title. 

Villa could line up against some A-League players when Spain play the Socceroos in Sao Paulo on June 24.

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