Thiago Silva is a professional Brazilian footballer and one-time second-most expensive defender in history. The fast, tough-tackling central defender, who has been described by football writers as a complete defender and leader, is the captain of both his national team and club, Paris Saint-Germain.
For three consecutive years; 2013, 2014, and 2015, Silva has been voted as one of the top two central defenders in the world. Read on to find out more about him.
Thiago Silva was born Thiago Emiliano da Silva on 22 September 1984 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to his parents; Geraldo Emiliano da Silva and Angela Maria da Silva. The Silva family was poor so they looked to sports as a way out of poverty.
Silva showed promising signs as a footballer growing up. His skills got him admitted to a feeder school for Brazilian football club, Fluminense where he got a chance to impress the team’s coach as a defensive midfielder during a friendly. He was further given a short trial at the club following that performance but failed to get any playing time. This led him to try other clubs like Flamingo and Botafogo, to no avail.
In 2000, Silva played at a showcase tournament in Sao Paulo where scouts from bigger clubs came to watch his lower division side play. There he was spotted by a former Brazilian player who offered him a contract at RS Futebol Clube. He became a full professional footballer in 2001, competing in the country’s third division and other regional tournaments.
Silva eventually moved to Juventude in 2004 and had transitioned from a midfielder to a defender. With Juventude, Silva’s game remarkedly improved as did his team’s general performance. He was regarded as the best-improved player of the season and was named as the third-best player in Brazil. He was also included in the team of the season. That year turned out to be a breakthrough year for Silva as a move to Europe beckoned.
Porto paid €2.5 million for Silva’s services in 2004. The 20-year-old defender, however, only managed to play for the reserve team before he was loaned out to Dynamo Moscow in Russia the next year. Silva still didn’t manage to get game time before he was later diagnosed with tuberculosis, keeping him out of action for six months.
After he recovered, Thiago Silva returned to Brazil to join Fluminense on a two-year contract. He picked up from where he left off before leaving the shores of South America to join Porto by playing practically every match between 2006 and 2008 while standing out. In his second season with the club, he helped them win the 2007 Copa do Brasil. His performance also earned him a selection into Brazil’s preliminary Copa America squad.
By 2008, having already played over 100 games for Fluminense, Silva again began to get the attention of European heavyweights, particularly AC Milan who paid €10 million for his services.
From 2009 to 2012, he became a first-choice defender at the club playing alongside Alessandro Nesta. He made a total of 119 appearances and scored 6 goals before Arab oil-money backed PSG signed him for a fee of around €42 million in 2012. With Milan Silva won the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana in 2011.
Since 2012, Thiago Silva has played for the Parisians, guiding them to five Ligue 1 titles, four Coupe de France titles, five Coupe de la Ligue titles, and three Trophee des Champions. He has also won a host of other individual titles including two FIFPro World XI selections.
Thiago Silva’s Family – Wife, Children
Thiago Silva is married to Isabelle da Silva. The couple has two sons named Isago da Silva and Iago da Silva. It is unclear exactly when the couple got married or the date of birth of their children. Isabelle can be seen attending and watching her husband’s football matches and has been vocal with her frustration whenever her husband is not selected. She is one who prefers to keep details about their personal lives as private as possible.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements and Other Facts
Birth Name: Thiago Emiliano da Silva
Date of Birth: 22 September 1984
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height: 6 feet (1.83 m)
Chest: 40 inches (102 cm)
Arms/Biceps: 14½ inches (37 cm)
Waist: 34 inches (86 cm)
Birth Sign: Virgo