46 Facts About Thiago Silva

1. Thiago Silva has been recognized as a complete defender by his peers and critics.

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2. On 14 May 2018, Thiago Silva was named by Tite in the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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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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5. Thiago Silva was replaced by Bayern Munich defender Dante, who was deemed by Germany coach Joachim Low as "an excellent player".

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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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7. Thiago Silva was selected as captain by new Brazil coach Mano Menezes ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifying cycle, replacing Lucio.

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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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10. Thiago Silva had a superb display, leading the defence to a hard-fought clean sheet.

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11. Thiago Silva was selected in Opta's Ligue 1 Team of the Season based on statistical merit.

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12. For the third consecutive season, Thiago Silva was voted by his peers into the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

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13. In his post-match interview, Thiago Silva mentioned how he was not fully fit and that he was finding it difficult to forget Brazil's embarrassing loss to Germany, where Brazil capitulated without him.

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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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15. Thiago Silva managed another accomplished display in Le Classique, marshaling the club's defence to a clean sheet and helping extend its lead to eight points at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

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16. Thiago Silva was voted by his fellow professionals in the 2013 FIFPro Team of the Year for the first time in his career.

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17. At the end of the 2013 football year, Thiago Silva was inducted into the 2013 UEFA Team of the Year for the third consecutive year, making him joint-fifth in all-time appearances.

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18. Thiago Silva had an unusual run of scoring form, netting three times in seven matches.

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19. On 22 August 2013, it was announced that Thiago Silva had signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until 2018.

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20. Thiago Silva was considered the best defender in Ligue 1 by France Football.

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21. Over the course of the season, Thiago Silva committed an extremely-low 14 fouls, which was mentioned as an excellent total for a defender in Le Parisien.

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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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23. In the return leg, Thiago Silva was again praised by Catalan media for a world-class performance.

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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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26. For the 2012 football year, Thiago Silva was inducted into the UEFA Team of the Year for the second consecutive season.

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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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28. At his arrival, Thiago Silva was presented to the media as the "best defender in the world" by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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29. Thiago Silva had repeatedly stressed the fact that he never pushed for a transfer, and that he was happy at Milan.

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30. The next week, Thiago Silva was named captain against Chievo, in the process becoming the first foreign captain in 50 years for Milan.

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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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32. At the end of the season, Thiago Silva extended his contract to June 2016.

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33. Thiago Silva was lauded by Italian media for his display against Napoli, marking-out star striker Edinson Cavani.

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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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35. Thiago Silva was inactive for four matches due to his injury.

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36. Thiago Silva played his first competitive match of the season against Siena on 22 August 2009.

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37. Thiago Silva played his first match for the Rossoneri in a friendly match against Hannover 96 on 21 January 2009; he played well, making ten tackles.

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38. In his final match for Fluminense, Thiago Silva was cheered by 50,000 supporters who were witnessing his last performance at the Maracana.

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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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41. Thiago Silva was included in the 2008 Brasileirao Team of the Season and was selected as the Fans' Player of the Season.

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42. Thiago Silva was bought by Porto for €2.5 million in 2004, but played only for the reserve team.

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43. In his only season at Juventude, Thiago Silva was regarded as the revelation of the season.

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44. Thiago Silva moved to Juventude in 2004, where he played for six months.

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45. In 1999, at the age of 15, Thiago Silva auditioned at Madureira, Olaria and Flamengo; he was rejected at each club, the trial at Flamengo being the most difficult for he was not even observed by coaches.

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46. At the age of 14, Thiago Silva impressed Fluminense coach Maurinho during a friendly in Xerem.

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