Top 5 Moments From David Silva's Illustrious Footballing Career

Published on 3 August 2023 at 20:00

From THAT assist to Edin Dzeko in the 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, to his incredible campaign at EURO 2012 for Spain, former Manchester City and Real Sociedad player David Silva leaves a legacy as one of the modern game's truly great midfielders.


There’s already been a spate of major footballing retirements in 2023, and the 23/24 season hasn’t even properly kicked off yet.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Godin have already hung up their boots, whilst the legendary Gianluigi Buffon has just confirmed his retirement earlier this week. But for Premier League and Spanish football fans in particular, one nasty pre-season injury has brought another monumental career to an end.


David Silva is a modern Premier League legend: a constant fixture in the Manchester City sides that dominated the 2010s, Silva won both trophies and widespread acclaim for his vision, passing ability, and control that very few have even come close to replicating on a Premier League pitch since his departure in 2020.


To celebrate the career of David Silva, here’s our top 5 moments of the suave Spaniard from across his days in England, Spain, and on the major international stage for all the footballing world to witness.


5)  The First Trophy Of Many


Trophies seemed inevitable when Manchester City slowly began to amass some of the continent’s top talent: Silva, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero each combined to City’s eventual success throughout the 2010s, but it was the first two who started off and finished the move that brought this new era of Man City its first piece of silverware. 


The 2011 FA Cup final pitted the Cityzens as the favourites against Stoke City, though it proved to be a much trickier task than expected. A stubborn Stoke side unsettled the usually dominant City, but it was Silva who looked at his creative best, eventually starting the move that allowed Toure to fire home a late strike to finally break the deadlock, and usher in this new Manchester City era in style. 


4)  Homecoming Heroics


After his 2020 departure, Silva opted to return to his native Spain for one last run of glory, settling with Real Sociedad who would indeed go on to be his final club before retiring. 


Even after a decade in the Premier League, Silva instantly looked comfortable on home soil, thriving in La Liga’s more traditional, conservative style of football compared to the Premier League’s quick tempo and physicality. Within a short time of his return, Silva had already scooped both club and league nominations for Player Of The Month. 


But his greatest achievement for Sociedad came in the Spring of 2021, when the postponed Copa del Rey final added more silverware to Silva’s cabinet full of gold. Real Sociedad emerged victorious in a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to a penalty from Oyarzabal. 


3) “Spain’s Lionel Messi”


Vincente Del Bosque is a man who’s managed some of the very best midfielders football has had to offer, but to liken one single midfielder to the arguably the greatest footballer of all time is particularly high praise. 


As we’ll delve into a little more later, Silva emerged as one of the leading lights in Spain’s golden generations, rivalling the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets for his creative output for his country. With 35 goals in 125 caps, only prolific forwards like Raul, Fernando Torres and David Villa have found the back of the net more than Silva has: a man who was truly more than a playmaker. 


2)  The EURO’s Premier Midfielder


EURO 2012 saw the apex of international footballing prowess achieved, as we saw Spain dominate a tournament like never before. 


Having already been part of the Spain squads that won EURO 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Silva found himself in a more involved, relied-upon role for La Roja, far and away the best player in this next generation of marquee Spanish talent. 


With Silva in the side, Spain swept aside much of their opposition, with Silva himself bagging the first goal in the 4-0 rout of Italy in the final, and finishing the tournament as the joint-top assist provider. 


)  Manchester Is Blue


A true changing of the guard moment in a game that is still talked about today. Manchester City thumped their noisy neighbours Manchester United 6-1 in their own backyard. 


Silva was the player who helped start the riot-esque scenes in style, his incredible through ball to a lurking Dzeko made it 4-1 on the afternoon, before Silva further etched his name in the history books with a goal of his own.


It was a trademark play from City’s talismanic midfielder, even with the likes of De Bruyne, Rodri dominating midfields almost single-handedly nowadays, it’ll be a long time before the Premier League welcomes another talent like David Silva on its shores once more. 


What’s your favourite moment from David Silva’s illustrious career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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