Acquired: Signed a free transfer from Atlético Madrid on June 2, 2014
2017: The 2017 season was another top-level campaign for El Capitan. He became the first player in MLS history to score 20 goals in back-to-back seasons, finishing the regular season second in the Golden Boot race with 22 goals. Shortly thereafter, he scored NYCFC’s first-ever playoff goal against Columbus Crew SC. He was named Team MVP for the third-successive season.
2016: El Guaje scored even more goals in his second season in MLS and earned the league’s MVP award for a sensational campaign. In all, David found the net 23 times, putting him in second for the Golden Boot award and earning him the Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year awards. In addition, supporters’ group The Third Rail named him MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. David earned the Etihad Player of the Month awards in April and September and was named to the MLS All Star team once again. He was also named in the MLS XI for 2016.
2015: Scored a team leading 18 goals for New York City FC. Also had eight assists. Played 30 games and started in 29 of them. Led the team in shots and shots on goal. Was named New York City FC’s Eithad Airways Player of month for July. Named to the 2015 MLS All Star Game and also named New York City FC’s MVP
2014: After signing with New York City FC as the club's first-ever player, was loaned to Melbourne City FC. Appeared in four games with the Australian side, scoring twice, including on his debut in the team's A-League opener on Oct. 11.
2013: Joined Atlético Madrid in the summer. Alongside Diego Costa, fired the Rojiblancos to the Liga title and the UEFA Champions League final, where he played all 120 minutes of the 4-1 loss to Real Madrid. Scored 15 goals in 47 appearances for the club during the 2013-14 season.
2012: Returned with a vengeance, scoring 10 league goals (16 in all competitions), while helping Barcelona reclaim the league title.
2011: Missed the second half of the 2011-12 campaign recovering from a fractured left tibia sustained during the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal against Qatar's al-Sadd Sports Club in Yokohama, Japan.
2010: Joined Barcelona in May, having scored 108 goals in 166 Liga matches during his five-year stint with Valencia. Scored 18 goals in 34 appearances as Barcelona retained the Liga title in 2010-11, and four in the UEFA Champions League, including one during the 3-1 victory against Manchester United FC in the Wembley final.
2008: Won the Copa del Rey with Valencia. Struck a career-best 28 Liga goals during the 2008-09 season.
2005: Transferred to Valencia CF in the summer. Made his league debut for the club coming on as a substitute against Real Betis in a 1–0 win on Aug. 27. Scored 25 goals in his first season with the team -- one shy of Samuel Eto'o's Pichichi-winning total.
2003: Signed with Real Zaragoza in the summer. Scored 17 goals while helping lead the club win the Copa del Rey. Scored in the 44th minute of the final against Real Madrid; a 3-2 overtime victory. Made 92 appearances for the club, netting on 41 occasions. His success earned him a call-up to the Spanish National Team.
2000: Made his first-team debut for Sporting Gijón. Scored 40 ties in 85 appearances for the club from 2001-03.
1999: Got his professional breakthrough with Sporting Gijón. Found the back of the net 25 times in 65 appearances for Sporting Gijón B.
First capped by Spain in Feb. 2005, he displaced Raúl from the side at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and justified that decision with three goals. Fared even better at UEFA Euro 2008, where he finished as the tournament's top goal scorer with five as Spain took the title, though he missed the final through injury. Starred once again for Spain at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scoring five of the team's eight goals in their triumphant campaign. Overtook Raúl as La Roja's all-time leading scorer when he struck his 45th international goal in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying win against Scotland in Glasgow. First Spanish player to reach 50 goals. Spain's all-time leading scorer (59 goals in 97 appearances).
Copa Del Rey (3): 2003-04, 2007-08, 2011-12
Supercopa de España (3): 2004, 2010, 2011
La Liga (3): 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14
UEFA Champions League (1): 2010-11
UEFA Super Cup (1): 2011
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2011
UEFA European Championship (1): 2008
FIFA World Cup (1): 2010
Spanish Player of the Year (1): 2005-06
Zarra Trophy (4): 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
UEFA Euro Golden Boot (1): 2008
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament (1): 2008
FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament (1): 2009
FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe (1): 2010
FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball (1): 2010
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (1): 2010
USSA Male Athlete of the Year (1): 2010
FIFA/FIFPro World XI (1): 2010
UEFA Team of the Year (1): 2010
MLS MVP: 2016
MLS XI: 2016
NYCFC MVP: 2015, 2016