The free-scoring striker starred in a commercial back in 2010, but the club banned it from airing out of fear it would portray its new player in a negative light, the Mail reports.
But that contraband — an ad for the video game "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" — has bubbled to the surface of the internet recently.
In it, Villa stars as a porsche-driving, anti-social bad-boy in Los Angeles, Calif. He pulls up near an empty police car and does what any other internationally known maniac soccer star would do: grab a ball and use it to destroy Officer Friendly's vehicle.
Each of Villa's kicks make large dents in the car or break windows. When the cops finally emerge from donut and coffee shop, they are powerless to stop the Spanish marksman as he drives away.
Villa joined Barcelona in May 2010 in a £30 million ($48.5 million) transfer. It's unknown exactly when the commercial was filmed, but the 18 months that followed the move were very good to Spain's all-time leading scorer.
First, he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain. Barcelona triumphed in La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League the following season. Only a broken leg in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup could stop Villa, but he had done plenty of damage by then. (Editor's note: that thing about the "real" Villa being a maniac was just a joke. He's a fine human being, though we have reservations about the soul patch).
Watch Villa smash a police car in the video below.