David Josue Jimenez Silva is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Manchester City in the English Premier League and the Spain national team. He was born on 8th January 1986 and hails from the fishing village of Arguineguin, in Canary Islands, Spain.
Dubbed ‘Merlin’ or ‘El Mago’ meaning the magician, Silva stands as the perfect example of how to excel in the attacking midfield position. An extremely technically proficient player, he boasts an excellent first touch and dribbling capability which allows him to retain possession in the tightest of places.
One of the eleven players to be capped 100 times for the Spanish national team, he won three consecutive international tournaments with them - UEFA Euro 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010, and the UEFA Euro 2012.
Silva started playing football in the youth team of UD San Fernando as a nine year old. Surprisingly, he initially played as a goalkeeper, but became a winger later. At the age of 14, he accepted an offer to join Valencia’s youth academy. He went on to become an automatic starter for Valencia at the young age of 20, after impressive loan stints with Eibar and Celta Vigo.
He regularly featured for the Spanish youth teams and was an integral part featuring in every level. He played at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship and at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
He made his senior international debut on 15th November 2006, in an international friendly against Romania which ended disappointingly in a 0-1 defeat at home. Despite the defeat, Silva kept his place in the national team and won a nod for the Euro 2008 squad.
Rise to Glory
Silva’s rise to glory came in the 2009-10 season with Valencia as he finished the season with a career best eight goals and helped guide his team back into the UEFA Champions League.
By that time, Silva had announced himself as one of the greatest talents not just in Spain, but in the world as a number of English clubs were looking to sign him.
He went on to sign for Manchester City in the following season.
David Silva has played senior football for Valencia and Manchester City, while also playing for Eibar and Celta Vigo on loan from Valencia. His stint with Valencia remained from 2004 to 2010, making 119 appearances and scoring 21 goals.
Since 2010, Silva has played 248 games for ManCity and scored 48 goals.
He has won the EPL twice with Manchester City in 2012 and 2014. He has won two consecutive UEFA Euro titles and one World Cup with the Spanish national team. He won the 2018 Carabao Cup final against Arsenal and managed to score in the 3-0 victory.