Thiago Silva is arguably one of the best defenders in world football. The center-back is a very consistent performer at the top level. He is a true defensive leader, and captain. He has a calming presence and reads the game superbly timing his movement, positioning and reads the game well.
He is an intelligent marker, and very good in aerial duels. For a defender, Thiago Silva is fast and has an excellent range of passing as illustrated by the fact that he has deputized as a midfielder at some point in his career.
Thiago Silva has been compared to another legendary defender, Marco Baresi. Players such as Vidic, Gennaro Gattuso, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo have considered him to be the best defender in the world.
Thiago Silva was born in Rio de Janiero in Brazil. After unsuccessful attempts and trials, he played for RS Futebol in 2001 before moving to Juventude for a six-month stint. He will transition from a midfielder to a center back at Juventude.
Thiago Silva moved to Porto, playing only for the reserves before a move to Dynamo Moscow.
He will move back to Brazil after struggling with tuberculosis. Fluminense decided to buy him from Porto. Thiago Silva will rediscover his form in his homeland, Brazil establishing himself as one of the best defenders. He will earn his first Brail national team call-up. In 2008, he was nominated in the Brasileirão Team of the Season. He became a huge fan favorite and was also voted fans Player of the Season for his performances.
Thiago Silva joined AC Milan in January 2009 but has to wait for the beginning of the new 209/10 season to make his debut. He made his competitive debut against Siena in August 2009. He will form a strong partnership with the legendary defender, Nesta.
He will draw a lot of praises for media giants such as Goal, for his defensive contributions as AC Milan won the Scudetto at the end of the 2010/11 season. He was lauded as the outstanding player of the season in Serie A.
In December 2011, he was included in the FIFPro World XI, and also the 2011 UEFA Team of the Year in January 2012.
Because of injury to Thiago Silva, Milan could not defend the Serie A title ceding it to Juventus. Silva will still make the Serie A Team of the Year.
PSG ambitious owners purchased Thiago Silva in July 2012 for a fee of €42 million. He will continue from where he stopped at AC Milan leading the defense whether as a central defender or midfielder.
He was shortlisted second and third time for the UEFA Team of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He also made the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for the 2012/13 season and the following two seasons. He also made the 2013 FIFPro Team of the Year.
After eight years at the French capital, PSG has won seven Ligue 1 championships, five Coupe de France, six French League Cups, and seven Trophée des Champions. He missed the biggest and most coveted title in Europe, the Champions League. PSG lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final.
After the Champions League heartbreak against Bayern, the second Thiago Silva has suffered after facing the same fate in AC Milan. He will move to Chelsea in August 2020 on a year deal with an option of a further year. He will feature consistently for Chelsea.
The highlight of his Chelsea career is the Champions League win. His former coach at PSG, Thomas Tuchel arrived at Chelsea midway through the season. He will lead Chelsea to the 2021 Champions League title with Thiago Silva playing a pivotal role.
Thiago Silva has a whopping 98 caps for Brazil. He won the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup, 2019 Copa America, and also appeared in the 2014, and 2018 World Cups.
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