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Brazilian central-defender Thiago Silva is a noted footballer at present, grabbing the attention of the world with his performances for his national team, as well as with Paris Saint-Germain at Ligue 1.
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Silva moved to Milan in the year 2009 and proved himself as one of the top-rated defenders globally, helping his team to gain the Serie A, winning against Rossoneri in 2010–11. In 2012, he joined PSG for a reported sum of 42 million EUR, and thus became the second highest paid defender, and helped his team gain four each of Ligue 1 and Coupes de la Ligue championships, as well as three Coupe de France wins, all back-to-back.
Having represented Brazil since 2008 and being a non-playing player of the World Cup 2010 squad, Silva led Brazil to win the Confederations Cup 2013 as the captain, besides acquiring the fourth spot at World Cup 2014. He was also included in two Olympic squads, which went and won a bronze in 2008 and a silver in 2012.
As a young player, Silva went to a school which was a feeder for club Fluminense. When he was 14 years of age, manager Maurinho was impressed by his performance in a friendly match, and was tried as a defensive midfielder. He had very little chance to play, and he went on to try with other clubs. He auditioned for Olaria, Flamengo, and Madureira in 1999, but was rejected. His trial with Botafogo was also unsuccessful. He was then absorbed by Barcelona EC, a small team in Brazil, where he stayed for one year, before he was called up to represent RS Futebol Clube. He was invited to join Romi, but Silva refused and went back to Fluminense for a year.
Silva’s senior career began at RS Futebol, where he stayed in 2002-03, before he joined Juventude in the middle of 2003-04. At the age of 20, Silva assumed the role in the midfield. His displays during his single season at the team received positive feedback, as he helped the team make a huge leap in position on the league table, as they went from their 18th place in 2003 to 7th in 2004.
In 2004, Silva joined Porto for 2.5 million EUR, but had to stay in the reserve squad. After a year at Porto B, he went to Dynamo Moscow. But he had to be hospitalized because of tuberculosis. This started to get, and he decided it was time to quit, but his mother managed to convince him otherwise.
Silva made his way back to the world of football with the help of Ivo Wortmann, his former coach who was with Fluminense in 2006, and he requested for Silva. In January, Fluminense signed Silva who gave brilliant performances in Brasileirão 2006, even though his team was ranked 15th out of 20 teams. 2007 brought better luck for the team as well as for the player, as they acquired the fourth spot on the Brasileirão 2007 table, and conceded just 39 goals in 38 games. They also had historic Copa do Brasil win for the first time. Silva started in all the games, scoring in the quarter-final, and an equalizer in the semi-final. He became part of the preliminary squad of Copa América the same year. He helped win the Copa do Brasil, which made him hugely popular. He was nominated for the Best Central Defender award, with Fábio Luciano and Breno, and it was revealed after the results were out that he was the second choice.
2008 turned out to be successful for Silva, but quite the opposite for his team, as they finished 14th in Copa Libertadores. In January, Fluminense’s directors honoured him with a no. 100 jersey and a plaque. He became an inspiration soon, with youngsters making his personal style of wearing a white wristband trendy. He was part of the Brasileirão Team of the season in 2008, and became the Fans’ Player of the Season. He was one of the team’s major players in Copa Libertadores 2008, though the team lost in the final. He became part of Summer Olympics 2008. After his transfer to Milan was confirmed, 50,000 fans cheered for him in the final of Maracanã.
In 2009, Silva signed with Milan for 10 million EUR, and his net salary was revealed to be 2.5 million EUR for four years. He was unable to participate in competitive games, but he trained with the first game. In his first month, he learnt new defence techniques, and went on to debut in a friendly match against Hannover 96 in January. He made 10 tackles.
After being officially registered as a player of the club, Silva played appeared in his first competitive game of 2009-10 against Siena in August 2009, and earned great praise for his performances. In September, Silva quit training because of a muscle strain, and stayed away from the field for four games. In November, after an unsuccessful month, he scored a goal against Lazio. Later that month, Silva put earned a man of the match honour after his match against Marseille which led his team to Champions League knockout stages. In a match against Zürich, he sustained a muscle injury.
In January 2010, Silva was declared as one of the best performers after his performance with Milan against Juventus which ended with a score of 3–0. Silva ended the season as the third-best central-defender in 2009–10 Serie A. Silva began 2010-11 with a goal against Lecce. After an injury, Silva had to miss a Champions League match against Real Madrid, and 4 other games, and returned in Derby della Madonnina against Inter Milan. Silva played an important role in Milan’s win of 1-0. Silva gave amazing performance against Cesena in a game that ended in a 2–0 win.
In the quarter-final game of Coppa Italia, Silva was declared as the best player in his team’s 2–1 win over Sampdoria. Silva earned his team a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Derby della Madonnina. Silva then extended a contract extension till June 2016. Through the entire 2010-11 Serie A, he earned only one yellow card, and made 26 fouls in 33 games.
After many speculations, negotiations and denials, it was finally announced that Silva would join Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012, right after Milan’s contract extension with Silva till 2017 was confirmed. It was revealed that the transfer fee was 42 million EUR. During his tenure at PSG so far since 2012, he has been capped 153 times, and has made 9 goals. Ever since he has signed with the club, PSG has earned many successes, which are as follows:
Silva received a call-up to join Brazil’s preliminary squad for Copa América 2007, and selected to be part of the Summer Olympics 2008. He was also chosen to be part of friendlies in 2009. He was an unused sub in the World Cup 2010. He was chosen to lead the team as the captain in World Cup 2014 in the qualifying rounds. His first international team win was the Confederations Cup 2013. Today, he is one of the key players of the team, with the successes of Brazil during his tenure so far include:
Thiago was born in the famed city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He is married to Isabele da Silva, and together, they have two sons, Isago and Iago.
The current market value of Silva is £9 million, which is a decline from his highest market value of £34.2 million, which he reached in 2012 for the first time, when he was at AC Milan.
For his amazing skills and contributions to his teams, Silva has been bestowed with many individual awards and honours, which include: