Spanish legend Villa gives Mabil stunner nod of approval

Awer Mabil is turning heads around the footballing world right now - and one of the sports biggest names has taken notice.

Mabil marked his rise to prominence with a sensational opening goal in the Socceroos' 3-2 triumph over Syria earlier this morning, an effort so striking it drew praise from one David Villa.

The Spanish national team legend and ex-Melbourne City man gave Mabil's stunner his nod of approval when he replied to a Twitter post from agent Victor Onate.

Onate's tweet reads: "Stay with this name... @awermabil17. Another Golazo today to open Australia's triumph in the Asian Cup."

The Twitter exchange can be seen below.

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It's not the first time Villa and Mabil have interacted on social media in recent times.

In December, Mabil took to Instagram to post a picture of his former Hyundai A-League rival holding a FC Midtjylland kit with Mabil's name and kit number.