David Silva lit up the Premier League with his unique brand of subtle magic that formed the bedrock of Man City's recent success.
🎨 Playing style
On the pitch, he's managed to be a rare combination of ferocious competitive spirit and sublime, silky skill. So often City's lockpicker against packed defences, Silva glided across numerous Premier League pitches, often managing to go undetected as his markers simply couldn't deal with his otherworldly off-the-ball movement. Silva's balance, close control & all-round serenity on a football pitch made him the ultimate playmaker, City's metronome and a man who played the game at his own pace. Blink and he's gone.
🐺 Silva the person
On the pitch, it became almost impossible to keep tabs on Silva and he's similar off it too.
Under Guardiola, he was the side's creative kingpin playmaker and after Vincent Kompany left the club he was also made captain. Yet even towards the end of his stint at the Etihad, he rarely gave post-match interviews. Once-teammate at City Micah Richard said of Silva's camera-shyness: “His English is perfect. He just doesn’t like doing interviews. He doesn’t like taking the credit. I don’t think he knows how to take compliments. If a teammate tells him he’s had a great match, he shrugs it off. He’d just put up his hands and put his head down and say no problem and walk off."
📊 Premier League numbers
No player in the Premier League assisted more goals in the Premier League than David Silva since his arrival in England a decade ago. But 93 assists, 60 goals & four Premier League trophies hardly tell the full story of a player who was the creative brain of a team famed for its technically intricate football.
Only five players in Premier League history have created more goals than Silva.
🏆 Overall career achievements
El Mago has an enviable medal collection after forming part of Spain's Golden Generation between 2008 and 2012.
- 🌍 World Cup
- 🇪🇺 2x European Championships
- 🦁 4x Premier League
- 🏴 2x FA Cup
- 🥇 5x English League Cup
- 🇪🇸 Spanish Cup
Always shy and understated, David Silva did all of his talking on the pitch and the Premier League is already missing one of the best imports to England that the sport has ever seen. Silva is the painter of some of the prettiest pictures in modern football.
On this day in 2010, David Silva signed for Man City from Valencia, and what a signing he turned out to be!