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David Silva
David Silva 2017.jpg
Silva in 2017
Personal information
Full name David Josué Jiménez Silva[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Arguineguín, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 21
Youth career
1995–2000 San Fernando
2000–2003 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Valencia B 14 (1)
2004–2010 Valencia 119 (21)
2004–2005Eibar (loan) 35 (4)
2005–2006Celta (loan) 34 (4)
2010– Manchester City 309 (60)
National team
2001–2002 Spain U16 6 (2)
2002–2003 Spain U17 20 (5)
2004–2005 Spain U19 14 (5)
2005 Spain U20 5 (4)
2004–2006 Spain U21 9 (7)
2006–2020 Spain 125 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:24, 26 July 2020 (UTC)

David Josué Jiménez Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ˈsilβa]; born 8 January 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City. Silva plays mainly as a central or an attacking midfielder but can also play as a winger or second striker. He is predominantly a left-footed player[3] and his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities have earned him the nicknames "Merlin" and "El Mago" from his teammates and fans.[4][5] He is considered by many to be one of the greatest midfielders in the world and in the history of the Premier League.[6][7]

Silva spent six years of his professional career with Valencia CF, appearing in more than 160 games and winning a Copa del Rey in 2008. In the summer of 2010, he moved to Manchester City and has since appeared in over 400 matches.[8] With them he has won two FA Cups, five League Cups and four Premier League titles. He is regarded as one of Manchester City's greatest ever players alongside Billy Meredith, Bert Trautmann, Colin Bell and Sergio Agüero.[9][10][11][12][13] Silva has been named in the PFA Team of the Year twice. On 26 June 2019, Silva announced that he would leave Manchester City at the end of the 2019–20 season, ending his ten season tenure at the club.[14] On 28 September he became the youngest player to reach 200 wins in the Premier league leaving behind the Chelsea defender John Terry.

Silva also represented Spain, from his debut for the senior team in 2006 until his international retirement in 2018. He formed a midfield partnership with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta which led to three consecutive international tournament victories – UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2012. He is one of 13 Spanish players to have amassed 100 caps, he scored 35 goals in his international career, making him the 4th highest goalscorer in Spain's history, and also provided 28 assists, making him the second-highest assist provider in Spain's history.

Early life[edit]

Silva was born in Arguineguín, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, to Fernando Jiménez, a former municipal police officer who eventually was responsible for the safety of the Valencia CF stadium and Eva Silva. His father, Fernando, is Spanish (Canarian) while his mother, Eva, is of Japanese descent, claimed by the Canarian media.[15]

Silva began playing football in the youth team of UD San Fernando, near Maspalomas. Originally, he played as a goalkeeper, before becoming a winger and mirrored his game around his footballing idol as a youth, Michael Laudrup.[16] When he was 14, he received an offer to become a youth player at Valencia CF, which he accepted. He stayed in Valencia's youth set-up until he was 17.

Club career[edit]

Valencia[edit]

A product of Valencia's youth system, Silva made his professional debut in 2004–05, with Segunda División's Eibar, while on loan from Valencia, playing 35 league games and scoring on five occasions. In the following season, he was again out on loan, this time to Celta de Vigo, where he played 34 matches, scoring four goals. After two late substitute appearances, the first in a 2–0 home win over Málaga on 28 August 2005, Silva finished as an undisputed starter as the Galician side reached the UEFA Cup straight from the second-tier.

Silva playing for Valencia

Silva returned to Valencia in the summer of 2006, becoming an automatic first-choice despite his young age of 20. In two seasons combined, he only missed six matches and netted 14 goals, his first league goal coming on 5 November 2006 in a 1–1 draw at Espanyol. In August 2008, he extended his contract by five years, amidst interest of several Premier League teams.[17] He won the Copa del Rey 2008, his first title in Spain.

After not appearing in the first three months of 2008–09 due to a chronic ankle ailment,[18] Silva returned to the call-ups in mid-December. On 3 January 2009, he scored twice in a 3–1 home win over Atlético Madrid,[19] still contributing with 19 matches (four goals) as the Che qualified for the Europa League.

In the 2009–10 season, Silva scored a career-best eight goals, as Valencia finished in third position and returned to the UEFA Champions League. On 15 April 2010, he scored a brace against Athletic Bilbao for a 2–0 home win,[20] adding three assists in the 4–4 thriller at Werder Bremen for the Europa League's round of 16.[21]

Manchester City[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

Silva with Manchester City in April 2011

On 30 June 2010, Manchester City announced that they had reached an agreement with Valencia over the transfer of Silva and that he would join the club on a four-year deal, prior to the start of the 2010–11 season.[22] On 14 July, the Premier League side completed the signing[23] and Silva was awarded the number 21 shirt, the same number he wore for Valencia and when playing for Spain. Manchester City had previously tried to sign Silva and his Valencia teammate David Villa in 2008, but were put off when Valencia quoted a £135 million combined price tag on both players.[24]

City manager Roberto Mancini mainly deployed Silva as a winger[25] and later in a trequartista role in his first season.[26] Silva made his Premier League debut on 14 August 2010 in a 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[27] He scored his first goal for the club on 16 September, eight minutes into the Europa League group match against Red Bull Salzburg.[28] On 17 October, he scored his first league goal in a game against Blackpool, netting City's third goal in a 3–2 away win.[29] In a 3–1 home win in the Europa League against Lech Poznań, he set up two goals for Emmanuel Adebayor.[30] He made another assist slipping through Adam Johnson for Manchester City's third in a 3–1 away win against West Ham United.[31] Erroneous media reports emerged suggesting Silva could return to Spain and cited homesickness and difficulty to adapt to the English game.[citation needed] His performances, however, impressed City supporters and earned him three consecutive Manchester City Player of the Month awards from October to December 2010.[32]

On 12 February 2011, he was credited for the equalising goal in the 2–1 loss to rivals Manchester United when an Edin Džeko shot deflected off his back and into the net. On 2 March, he scored from 20 yards out in an FA Cup win (3–0) against Aston Villa. Three days later, he scored the only goal in Manchester City's win against Wigan Athletic. Silva netted the third goal in City's 5–0 rout of Sunderland on 3 April. His assist to Yaya Touré against Everton at Goodison Park took Silva to 15 assists in all competitions for the season.[33]

Following his debut season in the Premier League, Silva emerged as one of the league's finest playmakers. Carlos Tevez lauded him as "the best signing we [Manchester City] have made."[34] Silva finished the 2010-11 campaign with four goals and seven assists in 35 league appearances.[35]

2011-12 season[edit]

Silva prior to a league match against Liverpool in 2011

Silva began the 2011–12 season in fine form, scoring the third goal in City's 4–0 thrashing of Swansea City[36] and was voted man of the match. He also scored the following week against Bolton Wanderers, and was again named man of the match.[37] Silva then set up two of Sergio Agüero's three goals in City's second home game against Wigan Athletic. He was beginning to form a great understanding with the Argentine, with the pair having combined to score three goals already.[38] After a series of magnificent displays from Silva, City boss Roberto Mancini compared him to fellow Spain internationals Xavi and Andrés Iniesta and said that Silva is "one of the best players in the world."[39] On 1 October, Silva was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for his outstanding performances, making it the first time ever that two Manchester City players have won the award in back-to-back months with Edin Džeko winning it the month before.[40]

In the first Manchester Derby of the season at Old Trafford, Manchester City won 6–1, with Silva proving, yet again, to be instrumental in the Manchester City attack, scoring the fifth goal, setting up Edin Džeko's second with a chested volley pass through the United defense, and participating in the first two goals with excellent passing to James Milner to assist Mario Balotelli.[41] He was described as having been "two steps ahead of all the United players" in the aftermath of the match.[42] On 25 October 2011, in an interview with a Spanish radio station, Silva revealed that he turned down Barcelona and Real Madrid so he could sign for City, and that he wants to stay at the club for years. He commented, "Madrid and Barcelona are great teams, but I'm happy here and I would like to stay here for many years."[43] Former City and England defender Earl Barrett said he is almost impossible to stop due to his ability to create space[44] and Andy Cole, who mostly played for Manchester United, has stated that Silva "is a joy to watch."[45]

Silva scored a goal in City's 3–2 away win against Queens Park Rangers on 5 November[46] and also scored in City's 1–0 home win against Arsenal on 18 December.[47] He also contributed by scoring the fourth goal in City's 4–0 win against West Bromwich Albion on 11 April 2012.[48] Having done well to cut the gap between them and Manchester United to just three points, City went into April's Manchester Derby knowing that a win would be enough to send them top of the Premier League on goal difference. In a match widely billed as the biggest game in Premier League history,[49] Silva delivered a corner which was headed home by Vincent Kompany for the winner.[49] City triumphed 1-0, and returned to the league summit having been eight points behind their city rivals as recently as the start of that month.[50]

On 13 May 2012, with City heading into the final day of the season needing a win over QPR to secure their first top flight title in 44 years, Silva delivered a cross for Edin Džeko to score the equaliser in the 91st minute of the match. In addition to winning his first Premier League medal with Manchester City, he also finished the season on top of the assists table with 15 assists to his name[51] and was one of four City players who made it in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year.[52]

2012-13 season[edit]

"He is the maestro, he knows where the passes are going to go. He runs the game. A joy to watch."

Jamie Redknapp

On 17 September 2012, Silva signed a new five-year deal at City, committing himself to the Etihad Stadium until 2017.[53] Just six days after signing his new contract, Silva got off the mark in the 2012-13 Premier League season, registering an assist for Joleon Lescott in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.[54] He followed this up with another assist the following week, as he played in Aguero to score against Fulham at Craven Cottage.[55] He injured himself playing for Spain in October, which meant he had to miss three games for Manchester City. On 11 November, he provided the crucial assist, a lofted through-ball, to striker Edin Džeko, who converted in the 88th minute to steal a 2–1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.[56] His first league goal of the season came in a 5–0 thrashing of Aston Villa at home in the very next league match, on 17 November.

On 19 January 2013, Silva scored twice against Fulham at home in a 2–0 win. On 9 March, he scored the fifth and final goal in Manchester City's 5–0 win against Barnsley at the City of Manchester Stadium in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, sealing progression to the semi-finals. In the penultimate Premier League game against Reading, Silva made a superb pass to Džeko which took the entire Reading defense out of the game.[57] Džeko scored, sealing a 0-2 win in City's first match since the sacking of Roberto Mancini. Silva finished the season with four goals and ten assists in 32 league appearances for a City squad that finished runners-up to city rivals Manchester United for the Premier League title.

2013-14 season[edit]

The 2013-14 Premier League season was a tough one for Silva, as numerous injuries limited him to just 27 league appearances. Nonetheless, he did well to maintain his stellar record of goals and assists for Manchester City. On 19 August 2013, Silva scored Manchester City's opening goal of the campaign in a 4–0 win against Newcastle United at the City of Manchester Stadium.[58] He followed this up with an assist in the 3-2 defeat at Cardiff, crossing for Alvaro Negredo to score.[59] On October 5, Silva began one of his most productive spells in the Premier League. Making his first league start since August following a number of injury setbacks,[60] he assisted Sergio Aguero to score against Everton,[61] before scoring once and setting up another in a 3-1 victory over West Ham.[62] Silva then scored again in the 7-0 home win over Norwich on November 2, but his good form was curtailed by a calf injury, which ruled him out of City's next six games.[63]

He made his return on December 14, scoring at home in a 6-3 win over Arsenal,[64] before setting up goals in each of the next two games against Fulham and Liverpool.[63] Silva was also enjoying one of his most productive UEFA Champions League campaigns to date, having managed three assists and a goal in Group D, including a strike in a 3-2 win over champions Bayern Munich[60] in December.

The month of March was a productive one for Silva, as he registered two goals and two assists in the league,[63] along with a slew of excellent performances. He was named Manchester City's Player of the Month for March 2014, after scoring in away matches against Hull City and Arsenal.[65] Silva followed this up with a goal and assist against Liverpool at Anfield, but could not prevent the Blues slipping to a 3-2 defeat.[66] However, following a strong run of form in the final five games of the season, City pipped the Merseysiders to the title, and Silva claimed his second Premier League winners medal to add to the one from 2011-12. He ended the campaign with eight goals and 16 assists in all competitions.[63]

2014–15 season[edit]

Silva playing in the 2014 FA Community Shield against Arsenal

On 10 August, Silva played in the 2014 FA Community Shield, a match City lost 3–0 to Arsenal.[67] Two days later, he signed a five-year contract extension with City.[68] Like the previous season, on 17 August, Silva scored Manchester City's opening goal of the 2014–15 Premier League season in a 2–0 away win against Newcastle United. Silva then scored against West Brom on Boxing Day.[69]

On 21 February 2015, Silva scored a brace against Newcastle United in a 5–0 win.[70] He won the Etihad Player of the Month award for his performances in February.[71][72] On 4 March, Silva scored in 1–0 win against Leicester City to take him to ten league goals in a season for the first time in his career.[73][74] Jamie Redknapp described him as a "maestro" for his performances for City,[75] while his teammate Edin Džeko called him "the best player in the Premier League."[76][77][78]

On 19 April, in a 2–0 victory over West Ham, Silva was caught in the face by the elbow of Cheikhou Kouyaté, requiring eight minutes of treatment before being substituted for Samir Nasri.[79] Tests confirmed that he had not fractured his cheekbone.[80] On 10 May, Silva scored a goal in City's 6–0 win over Queens Park Rangers, which resulted in the latter's relegation.[81]

2015-16 season[edit]

In the opening match of the Premier League season, in a 0–3 win at West Brom, Silva delivered a performance his manager Manuel Pellegrini labelled "unbelievable".[82] As well as assisting the team's third goal, Silva was later credited with the first goal.[83] After contributing another three assists for the team in August (in wins against Chelsea and Watford),[84][85] Silva was nominated for both of the Manchester City and Premier League Player of the Month Awards for August, winning the former.[86][87]

Silva was injured for most of October and November after picking up an ankle injury, while playing for Spain on 9 October.[88][89] He made his return, as a 75th-minute substitute, in a 3–1 league defeat of Southampton on 28 November.[90] He netted the opener in the last UEFA Champions League group stage match on 8 December, in a 4–2 home defeat of Borussia Mönchengladbach, which resulted in Manchester City topping their group for the first time.[91] Silva provided another three assists in home victories against Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland.[92][93]

Silva warming up before a preseason match against Tottenham in July 2017

In a 4–0 home league win against Crystal Palace on 16 January 2016, Silva scored one, set-up another two goals and played a key pass in the remaining goal.[94][95] Silva started the 2016 Football League Cup Final on 28 February, as Manchester City defeated Liverpool 3–1 on penalties, winning his second League Cup with the club.[96] He claimed another brace of assists in a 4–0 home defeat of Aston Villa six days later.[97]

After scoring 8 goals in 44 appearances and providing numerous assists, Silva won his first Etihad Player of the Season award for his outstanding contribution, as voted for by Manchester City fans.[98]

2017–18 season[edit]

Silva started the 2017–18 season with yet another display of finesse, providing eight Premier League assists in 14 appearances, which was the highest total for any player in Europe's top five leagues.[99] The 2017-18 season was an especially difficult time for the Spaniard, with his newborn son having been born extremely prematurely. This led to him having to jet back and forth between England and Spain to visit his son and partner in a hospital in Madrid.[100] Despite this, Silva continued to produce excellent performances, and on 30 November 2017, he signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City keeping him at the club until 2020.[101] On December 10, Silva scored the winner in a closely fought Manchester Derby at Old Trafford, stabbing the ball past David de Gea from close range.[102]

Silva was forced to miss a crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in December, as he was with his son in Spain.[103] In his absence, City delivered a sumptuous performance, smashing Tottenham 4-1 following an urging from manager Pep Guardiola to secure the win for Silva and his partner Yessica.[104] Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne held his fingers up to show the number 21, Silva's shirt number, after scoring City's second, in a touching tribute to the Spaniard.[105]

He also scored in the 2018 EFL Cup Final against Arsenal F.C.[106] For his contributions, Silva was nominated for the PFA Player of the year as City won the Premier League.[107] Silva finished the season with 10 goals and 14 assists across all competitions.[108]

2018-19 season[edit]

On 15 September 2018, in a 3–0 home win over Fulham, Silva scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 253rd appearance in the competition, also making his 350th appearance for Manchester City in the same match.[109][110][111][112]. Following the departure of Vincent Kompany in 2019, Silva inherited the club captaincy.[113]

2019-20 season[edit]

On 26 June 2019, Silva announced that he would leave Manchester City at the end of the 2019–20 season.[14] On the 8th of July, Silva provided two assists, the second of which was his 10th of the season, and scored a free-kick as Man City thrashed Newcastle United 5-0. With the free-kick goal, he reached 150 Premier League goals & assists, which only a few midfielders had done before.[114][115] On the 26th of July 2020, Silva played his final game for Manchester City in the Premier League, in a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City. He was substituted late on in the match, to applause from all present.[116]

International career[edit]

Silva representing Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Silva being pressured by Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final.

Silva first represented Spain in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, scoring three goals. In 2006, he became an under-21 international and scored four goals during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship; this was enough to earn him joint-fourth place in the goal ranking, alongside Italian striker Graziano Pellè.

Silva made his senior international debut in the 1–0 friendly home defeat to Romania on 15 November 2006, and continued to receive call-ups to the side after good contributions in his first games. On 22 August 2007, he scored his first two goals for Spain, netting twice in a 3–2 friendly win versus Greece, and was then called up to the squad of 23 for UEFA Euro 2008.

UEFA Euro 2008[edit]

Silva started five of Spain's six matches at Euro 2008[117]. In Spain's second group stage match against Sweden in Innsbruck, he assisted Fernando Torres with a pinpoint cross from the edge of the box[118], with the Liverpool forward scoring the opener in an eventual 2-1 win.

In the semi-finals game versus Russia, Silva scored the third goal for Spain after a quick counter-attack in which Cesc Fàbregas delivered a low cross, and he sent the ball into Igor Akinfeev's goal with his left foot.[119] In the final, he was involved in an incident with Germany's Lukas Podolski. After he pulled Podolski to the ground, the German approached Silva, which resulted in an angry exchange of words and a coming together of heads that the referee decided not to punish. Shortly afterward, Spanish coach Luis Aragonés substituted Silva for Santi Cazorla in an attempt to calm the tensions.[120]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After appearing regularly during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – Spain won all ten fixtures – Silva was also picked for the squad for the finals in South Africa. His participation was, however, a small one. He started the opening group game for La Furia Roja, against Switzerland in Durban, but despite some bright sparks, the European champions succumbed to a 1-0 defeat[121].

Silva next appeared for Spain in the semi-final against Germany, replacing Pedro for the final nine minutes[122]. Spain won 1-0, courtesy of a header from Carles Puyol, and went on to win the tournament, beating the Netherlands in the final.

UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying[edit]

On 11 August 2010, during an international friendly with Mexico, Silva scored two minutes into second-half injury time, ending the game with a 1–1 draw.[123] In a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 3 September 2010, Silva scored after 62 minutes, in a 4–0 away win.[124] The following month, in the same competition, he scored through a rare header, as the national team downed Lithuania in Salamanca (3–1).

Silva (left) on the ball for Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

In a friendly against Colombia on 9 February 2011, he came off the bench to score the game's only goal with just four minutes remaining, helping Spain to a hard-fought 1–0 win.[125] He scored twice and provided one assist in Spain's 3–1 victory against Scotland in their final match of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. The win saw the Spaniards enter the tournament with a perfect qualifying record by winning all their group games.[citation needed] He scored the first goal in Spain's 2–2 comeback against Costa Rica, a friendly match where he came on as a substitute in the second half with Spain trailing 2–0.[126] He once again scored in a friendly against Venezuela to make the score 2–0 in a match that ended in a 5–0 win. Heading into Euro 2012, he scored in their pre-tournament friendly against China by finishing off a short give and go from Andrés Iniesta in the 84th minute.

UEFA Euro 2012[edit]

Silva was a starter in all six matches of Spain's Euro 2012 campaign. In their opening match of the tournament against Italy, he delivered a superb flicked through ball to Cesc Fabregas[127], who scored to level the game up at 1-1.

In Spain's second Group C match against the Republic of Ireland, Silva produced one of the performances of the tournament, scoring one and providing three assists in a 4-0 win.[128] His goal was mesmeric, as he left Sean St. Ledger on the floor and beat Stephen Ward before coolly slotting it past former Manchester City teammate Shay Given.[129]

In the 14th minute of the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, he headed home a Cesc Fàbregas cross, giving Spain a 1–0 lead.[130] The match ended 4–0 and concluded the tournament in which Silva scored two goals and made three assists, the best efficiency (goals and assists) of any player at the Euros.[131] He was subsequently named in UEFA's Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament for his performances.[132] He also finished as the joint highest assist provider at the Euros, with three.[133]

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Silva was named in Vicente del Bosque's 23-man squad list for Spain's contestation of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, held in Brazil. On 20 June 2013, he scored two goals and assisted one for David Villa in Spain's 10–0 group stage demolition of Tahiti at the Maracanã.[134] Spain would go on to reach the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final, where they were soundly beaten 3-0 by hosts Brazil.[135]

Later years and retirement[edit]

After being part of Spain's consecutive unsuccessful campaigns at 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016, Silva continued his goal scoring record under new boss Julen Lopetegui, scoring 9 times in 12 matches.[citation needed] In May 2018, Silva was named to Spain's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[136] He started all their matches in their World Cup campaign, which eventually ended with a 4-5 penalty shootout defeat to hosts Russia in the Round of 16.

After the 2018 World Cup, Silva announced his retirement from international football.[137] He ended his international career with 125 caps for Spain, having scored 35 goals. Following his retirement, Silva drew plaudits from many of his former teammates, being described as "one of the best ever"[138] and "one of the most talented players Spain has ever produced, without a shadow of a doubt"[138] by midfield partners Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Vicente del Bosque, who led Spain to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 titles, even went as far as to declare Silva "Spain's Lionel Messi".[139]

Style of play[edit]

"He pulls the strings on the pitch. A brilliant footballer with great movement, he can score, assist, a player who decides a game. He’s got so much to his game, that I would consider him one of the best ever."

Andres Iniesta[140]

"He’s a spectacular footballer. He has been throughout his career. For the national team he has been a cornerstone of that generation of highly talented Spanish footballers. David was a vital component and absolutely essential to that team - one of the most talented players Spain has ever produced, without a shadow of a doubt."[140]

Xavi

A talented and agile left-footed player,[3][141] Silva is known for having an excellent first touch, good dribbling skills, and outstanding technical ability, which, along with his intelligent attacking movements, allow him to retain possession in tight spaces, and to create space for himself and teammates to open up a defence.[142][143] Essentially a traditional number 10,[144] his composure on the ball, as well as his vision, passing accuracy, ability to read the game, pick a pass, and control the tempo of his team's play have seen him become one of the best players in the world in his position, as well as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history, and earned him the nicknames Merlin and El Mago.[3][4][5][7][143][144][145][146][147]

Although he primarily serves as a playmaker for his team,[145] he is capable of scoring goals himself as well as creating them,[143][148] which enables him to be deployed in several offensive roles:[3][142] he is usually fielded in a free role as an attacking midfielder, where he is given space to roam the pitch,[149] but has also been used as a winger,[150] as a false 9,[142] as a second striker or as a deeper-lying central midfielder.[3][142][151]

Personal life[edit]

During December 2017, Silva had been missing games to return to Spain for personal reasons. On 3 January 2018, he said that his new son, Mateo, had been born extremely prematurely and was fighting to stay alive.[100] On 11 May 2018, Mateo was reported as healthy and was allowed to come home.[152]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 August 2020[153][154]
Club Season League National Cup[a] Europe[b] League Cup[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2003–04[155] Segunda División B 14 1 14 1
Eibar 2004–05[156] Segunda División 35 4 0 0 35 4
Celta Vigo 2005–06[157] La Liga 34 4 4 0 38 4
Valencia 2006–07[158] 36 4 4 2 11 3 51 9
2007–08[159] 34 5 8 1 8 1 50 7
2008–09[160] 19 4 3 0 3 1 2 1 27 6
2009–10[161] 30 8 2 1 8 1 40 10
Total 119 21 17 4 30 6 2 1 168 31
Manchester City 2010–11[162] Premier League 35 4 7 1 10 1 1 0 53 6
2011–12[163] 36 6 1 0 10 2 1 0 1 0 49 8
2012–13[164] 32 4 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 41 5
2013–14[165] 27 7 3 0 6 1 4 0 40 8
2014–15[166] 32 12 2 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 42 12
2015–16[167] 24 2 0 0 8 2 4 0 36 4
2016–17[168] 34 4 4 2 7 1 0 0 45 7
2017–18[169] 29 9 2 0 7 0 2 1 40 10
2018–19[170] 33 6 5 1 9 3 3 0 0 0 50 10
2019–20[171] 27 6 5 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 39 6
Total 309 60 34 5 69 11 19 1 4 0 435 77
Career total 511 90 55 9 99 17 19 1 6 1 690 117

International[edit]

Source:[154]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain
2006 1 0
2007 10 2
2008 9 1
2009 12 3
2010 12 4
2011 10 4
2012 15 4
2013 8 2
2014 10 2
2015 7 1
2016 15 5
2017 9 7
2018 7 0
Total 125 35

International goals[edit]

Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Silva goal.[154]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 22 August 2007 Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece 6  Greece 2–2 3–2 Friendly
2 3–2
3 26 June 2008 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 18  Russia 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008
4 5 September 2009 Estadio Riazor, A Coruña, Spain 28  Belgium 1–0 5–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 4–0
6 14 October 2009 Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina 30  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 5–2
7 8 June 2010 Estadio de La Condomina, Murcia, Spain 36  Poland 2–0 6–0 Friendly
8 11 August 2010 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico 39  Mexico 1–1 1–1
9 3 September 2010 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 40  Liechtenstein 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
10 8 October 2010 Helmántico Stadium, Salamanca, Spain 42  Lithuania 3–1 3–1
11 9 February 2011 Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain 45  Colombia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
12 11 October 2011 Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain 52  Scotland 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
13 2–0
14 15 November 2011 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica 54  Costa Rica 1–2 2–2 Friendly
15 29 February 2012 La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain 55  Venezuela 2–0 5–0
16 3 June 2012 Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain 58  China PR 1–0 1–0
17 14 June 2012 Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland 60  Republic of Ireland 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012
18 1 July 2012 Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine 65  Italy 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 Final
19 20 June 2013 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 74  Tahiti 2–0 10–0 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
20 10–0
21 8 September 2014 Estadi Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain 86  Macedonia 4–1 5–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
22 12 October 2014 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 88  Luxembourg 1–0 4–0
23 14 June 2015 Borisov Arena, Barysaw, Belarus 92  Belarus 1–0 1–0
24 1 June 2016 Red Bull Arena, Salzburg, Austria 98  South Korea 1–0 6–1 Friendly
25 1 September 2016 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 104  Belgium 1–0 2–0
26 2–0
27 5 September 2016 Estadio Reino de León, León, Spain 105  Liechtenstein 3–0 8–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 8–0
29 24 March 2017 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain 110  Israel 1–0 4–1
30 28 March 2017 Stade de France, Paris, France 111  France 1–0 2–0 Friendly
31 7 June 2017 Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia, Spain 112  Colombia 1–0 2–2
32 11 June 2017 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia 113  Macedonia 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
33 5 September 2017 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 115  Liechtenstein 4–0 8–0
34 11 November 2017 La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain 117  Costa Rica 3–0 5–0 Friendly
35 4–0

Honours[edit]

Silva (pictured centre) won three consecutive major trophies (Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012) with Spain

Valencia

Manchester City

Spain U19

Spain

Individual

Orders

See also[edit]

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