Thiago Silva Profile
|Born||Sep 22, 1984|
|Birthplace||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
After a run of almost unprecedented success at Paris Saint-Germain, veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has found life much tougher at Stamford Bridge.
Thiago Silva is a Brazilian soccer player who plays as a centre back for Chelsea. Having risen to prominence while on the books of AC Milan, he captained Paris Saint-Germain during an era of unprecedented success for the French club. He then moved to London to play for the Blues in 2020.
Silva has also been a stalwart for the Brazil national team in recent years.
Thiago Silva and Paris Saint-Germain
After three successful years at AC Milan, which saw Silva pick up the 2010/11 Serie A title, the Brazilian centre-back joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012. The transfer negotiations took some time, but eventually, for a reported fee of around €42million, then PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti got his man.
Silva insisted he never pushed for a move to PSG, but reports suggested that AC Milan had to sell him in order to balance their books. His departure, along with that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, proved a turning point for Milan and they did not win another Serie A title throughout the duration of Silva's eight-year stint at PSG.
Silva, by contrast, immediately began picking up silverware. After a brief spell on the sidelines due to injury, he burst onto the scene and received plaudits all round for his performances for PSG. Silva was made captain by Ancelotti upon the recommendation of Ibrahimovic.
Silva picked up an incredible seven Ligue 1 titles in eight seasons during his spell at Paris Saint-Germain. The only season in which they missed out was 2016/17, when they finished second behind Monaco.
At the end of the 2019/20 season, Silva captained Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich as the French club appeared in the UEFA Champions League final for the first time. Bayern won 1-0 thanks to a 59th-minute winner from Kingsley Coman, who previously played for PSG alongside Silva. Although he was on the losing side, Silva had the honour of becoming the first Brazilian to captain a team in the Champions League final.
Silva's contract expired at the end of the season and with the French club only offering the possibility of a two-month extension to cover the Champions League campaign, the Brazilian defender opted to end his eight-year stay and move to Chelsea.
"It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem," explained sporting director Leonardo via PSG's official media platforms.
Thiago Silva and Chelsea
Chelsea signed Silva on a free transfer ahead of the 2020/21 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the off-season break was very short and by the time Silva was able to play for Chelsea, the new campaign had already begun.
Silva made his debut in the League Cup in a 6-0 win over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge. In his first Premier League appearance a misplaced pass led to a goal in a 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion. He opened his account for the Blues in a 4-1 win over Sheffield United.
Silva was signed by ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and expressed his pride at playing for such a distinguished former player - the club's record goalscorer.
"I am very proud to be coached by someone who has been one of the best midfielders in the world and to have faced him as a player," Silva said.
"We exchange our ideas in the locker room and that's a very good thing. He talks to me a lot and I try to help my best, on and off the pitch, in order to keep playing in the best possible way.
"I have learned in [a lot of different competitions] and I use it to help young players."
Lampard was sacked in January 2021.
Silva made Brazil's preliminary Copa America squad in 2007, but was not selected to take part in the tournament, which the Selecao won. He also played in Brazil's 2008 Olympic campaign.
Silva earned plaudits for his impressive performance against Cristiano Ronaldo in Brazil's 6-2 win over Portugal in 2008. However, he was an unused substitute in all of Brazil's 2010 World Cup matches. The Selecao were eliminated from the tournament after a 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands at the quarter-final stage. Mano Menezes announced Silva as national team captain when he took over as head coach ahead of the next World Cup qualifying campaign.
He took part in the 2011 Copa America, where Brazil were eliminated by Paraguay, and the 2012 Olympics, where they lost in the final to Mexico.
Silva won his first international trophy with Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup. However, they were eliminated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the following year's World Cup on home soil. Silva missed the infamous match due to suspension, the result of a yellow card in the 2-1 quarter-final success against Colombia.
Silva went to the 2015 Copa America under Dunga, but Neymar and then Miranda captained the team. The Selecao were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Paraguay, again via a penalty shootout.
He once again took part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Brazil lost to Belgium 2-1 in the quarter-finals. However, Silva picked up another major honour the following year as Brazil won the Copa America.
Thiago Silva's personal life and net worth
Silva is married to Isabelle and is a Christian. He, his wife and his children became French citizens during his stint with Paris Saint-Germain.
Forbes listed Silva as the 12th highest earning soccer player on the planet in 2018, with earnings of $22.4million.