1. Thiago Silva has been recognized as a complete defender by his peers and critics.
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3. At the conclusion of the tournament, Thiago Silva was rated by FIFA as the third-best central defender, and the eighth-best player overall.
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4. In the second minute of the game, Thiago Silva pulled down Arjen Robben, as he ran into Julio Cesar's box with the ball for a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
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6. Thiago Silva scored his first goal for Brazil in an friendly match against the United States.
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8. Thiago Silva was an unused substitute in all matches at the 2010 World Cup, where Brazil were defeated in the quarter-finals by the eventual finalists, the Netherlands.
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9. Thiago Silva was then selected by Dunga to play in the 2008 Summer Olympics, one of two overage players, alongside Ronaldinho.
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14. Thiago Silva was rated by France Football as the league's fifth-best player, as well as the best defender in Ligue 1.
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20. Thiago Silva was considered the best defender in Ligue 1 by France Football.
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22. Thiago Silva was shortlisted for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, alongside teammates Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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24. Thiago Silva was outstanding in this match, being lauded heavily in France for an "extraterrestrial effort" against the Spanish side.
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25. Thiago Silva made his return in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Valencia.
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27. Thiago Silva scored his second goal for the club in Le Classique—the derby between PSG and Marseille.
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31. Thiago Silva was selected as Goal's Serie A Player of the Season, and was voted as the best defender in the league by Italian media and his fellow professionals.
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34. At the midpoint of the season, Thiago Silva was regarded as the best defender in the Serie A, and the best in Europe.
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39. Thiago Silva was linked with many clubs in 2008, including the likes of Inter Milan, Chelsea and Villarreal, though ultimately he opted to join the Brazilian contingent already at Milan.
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40. Thiago Silva was widely regarded as one of Fluminense's most important performers in the 2008 Copa Libertadores, reaching the finals only to lose on penalties to LDU Quito.
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