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Adrien Silva is a professional footballer who represents the national team of Portugal as the central midfielder, besides playing for English club Leicester City.
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Adrien has played for Sporting CP for the most part of his career, before joining Leicester City. He debuted in the first team when he was 18 years of age, and played for Maccabi Haifa and Académica on loan, helping to win the Taça de Portugal with Académica besides earning the same honour with the main club of Sporting CP, with whom he scored 39 goals in 237 matches. With noteworthy dribbling and passing qualities, Silva succeeded in 46 caps for the youth categories of the national team of Portugal. He debuted as a senior in 2014, and represented Portugal in Euro 2016, helping his team to win the tournament.
Adrien started his career in football at FC Girondins de Bordeaux in France, when he was only 10 years of age. However, after a year, his father, an aeronautics professional, had to return to Portugal with the family who settled in Arcos de Valdevez. Adrien played with the local club, Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Paçô, for two seasons. This team later started hosting the Torneio A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva tournament in Adrien’s honour every June.
During his stint of six years with the academy of Sporting, Silva earned seven titles. Four of them were national championships, and three were regional ones. At 15 years of age, Silva was hunted by Chelsea, and he later travelled to London to start his training at the facilities of the English club. But this plan fell through when Sporting decided to file a complaint against the team with FIFA in January 2005.
Silva’s fist professional contract was signed in March 2007, in the form of a deal of five years with Sporting. He spent two months as a member of the reserve team, after which he received the official promotion to the main squad in July, by coach Paulo Bento, right before the upcoming campaign. He debuted in Primeira Liga in August, and appeared in a 4–1 victory over Académica de Coimbra in December, after remaining unused in many league and European games. His first professional start and debut was in a 3–0 Champions League win over FC Dynamo Kyiv. Days later, his first league start happened in a 2–1 victory at C.S. Marítimo.
Silva played in round-of-32 of Sporting in both legs against Bolton Wanderers during the UEFA Cup in 2007–08. In April, he was seen starting in the Taça de Portugal semi-finals against Benfica which ended in a 5–3 win. In in 2008–09, he was seen struggling for minutes. His first match was in November 2008 in a match that ended in a 1–0 victory over Associação Naval 1º de Maio. His first start was in Taça da Liga in a 3–0 win over Marítimo as he became part of Bento’s starting XI after three months in the defeat of the Lions by 1–7 to FC Bayern Munich in the second leg of last-16 in Champions League. He appeared 19 times in the different competitions, in home wins over C.F. Estrela da Amadora and C.D. Nacional.
In 2009–10, Silva’s official debut in the group stage game of UEFA Europa League against Hertha BSC of Germany. He scored his debutant goal in a match-winning game ending in 1–0. He saw the red card after he got booked twice. During a Lisbon derby in November 2009, which resulted in a goalless draw, he hit the headlines for covering the biggest distance as a Sporting footballer, travelling more than 10,049 m during the match. This led manager Carlos Carvalhal to make him start in 13 out of 15 matches for the team. However, during that season, Sporting went deteriorated to the fourth position, and Silva was blamed.
In June 2010, Silva was loaned to Maccabi Haifa F.C. of Israel, and he debuted in July, in the thrd qualifier of Europa League which ended in a draw with FC Dinamo Minsk; he was hardly seen in Israeli Premier League, though he appeared regularly in the Toto Cup. In January 2011, Silva announced his desire to return to Portugal for better visibility. Within a few days, the loan of six months was confirmed. Silva scored in the very first match with the Students, who lost to S.C. Olhanense with a score of 1–2. He was not used properly again, this time due to his injuries, after he broke his right foot’s fifth metatarsal while playing against U.D. Leiria in March.
In July 2011, there was an extension of his loan for the further campaign. In September, Silva made the first brace of his career in a 4–0 win over C.D. Feirense. In the Portuguese Cup in November, he scored the second goal for his team in a 3–0 win over Porto, and added a double against Leixões SC during a 5–2 win. The team earned their first domestic title in 73 years. In November 2013, he became the Player of the Year at Sporting. He scored 10 goals in 2014-15, the best in his career, and helped the club reach and earn a win in the Portuguese Cup match.
In August 2017, it was confirmed that Silva’s move to Leicester City would earn Sporting a fee of £22 million. But the international clearance remained pending. FIFA had not received the documents of his transfer till 14 seconds post the deadline, and as a result, he was ineligible for joining the English club till the following transfer window. He was registered officially in January 2018, debuting that very day in a 3–0 victory over Huddersfield Town. He got the jersey no. 14 jersey, because of the transfer ordeal.
Silva, though born in France, was selected to join Portugal, and got associated with Portugal since 2004, representing the team at youth levels. With U-16, he played in Tournoi du Val-de-Marne in three group stage games. But, His unauthorized training at Chelsea soon got revealed, leading to his suspension by Portuguese Football Federation. He represented regularly the U-17 group in the qualification of UEFA European Championship 2007.
In January 2007, it was declared by Portuguese Federation that Silva would participate in the U-18 of Meridian Cup 2007 as the only representative of Portugal, and he announced his pride in this. But, an injury led to his replacement by Romeu Ribeiro. With Portugal’s U-19, his repeated appearances with the first team of Sporting led to a imitation of his appearances to only seven. His first goal was in November 2007 in the European Championship qualification round against the Republic of Ireland. In February 2009, he received his call to the U-21 team under manager Rui Caçador, to appear in a friendly against Switzerland, which ended in a 3–1 victory.
He became a regular in the qualifications of European Championships 2011, and appeared in five out of nine matches in the group stage, scoring one goal in the 1–1 tie with Macedonia. Portugal manager Fernando Santos called him to participate in a friendly in France in October 2014, but he did not make an appearance. He debuted in an exhibition match which ended in a 1–0 victory over Argentina in November. He got selected for the squad of Euro 2016 and his first match of the series in June, in the round-of-16 game against Croatia which ended in a 1–0 victory. He was selected for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, and made four appearances, scoring his first goal in July as a penalty shot that helped the team win over Mexico with a score of 2–1.
Silva was born in Angoulême of Poitou-Charentes, in France. His father, an aeronautics professional, is Portuguese and his mother is French. He is married to Margarida Neuparth, whom, and the two got married in 2016. Together, they have two children, Thomas and Santiago.
The current market value of Adrien Silva is £22.5 million, which is the highest market value that he achieved 2016.
Adrien Silva’s contributions have led to several wins and memorable moments for his teams, and for these contributions, he is not only considered valuable, but has also been given the Sporting CP Footballer of the Year award in 2013.