Thiago Silva, 29, plays in the best Football club in France, Paris-Saint Germain. Before he established himself as best defender in the French Ligue 1, he made a statement in post the Alessandro Nesta / Paolo Maldini AC Milan as the best defender in the Italian Serie A. If it was not for financial reasons, AC Milan would have never let the Brazilian Gladiator go. But, for a club in need it is difficult to resist to offer of 42 million € especially for a central defender.
Let us look at the reasons why I believe he best defender on the planet.
First, Thiago Silva enjoys fantastic make up speed that allows him to recover and clamp down on a forwards that rarely get the ball ahead of him. Further, he has a great anticipation. He feels the game and senses his adversaries’ moves often before they execute them. And finally, he intervenes decisively never mildly. That is the sign of a defender that trusts its skills and its instinct. He is 6’0, 1M83, so he is the perfect size and shape, and he possesses the perfect balance between speed and power.
Thiago Silva is leader on the pitch as well as on the locker room. He wants to win, and competes hard and with an example discipline and strength at every game. That is perhaps the reason why he has established himself as the captain of Paris Saint-Germain and of the Seleção, the Brazilian national team. Today, in essence, Thiago Silva is trusted to be the face of the PSG and Brazil’s leadership.
He has proven in AC Milan that he was a great defender, and he confirmed it in Paris Saint-Germain. In fact, AC Milan did not expect to see the emergence of a defender with nearly as much talented and skilled as the Great Alessandro Nesta so soon after the later’s retirement. Nesta had it all the vision, the intensity, the positioning, the intelligence, the discipline, the passing, the technic, the decisiveness in its actions and the championship pedigree and the mental fabric of a champion. Even though Thiago Silva’s tenure in Milan was too short compare him to Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini or even Alessandro Nesta, one could certainly say that he was and still remains the best central defenders AC Milan has seen since the last two retired. Therefore, they should have kept him if they wanted to win right way. An association Phillipe Mexes / Thiago Silva could have been sensationally efficient for the AC Milan.
At the great satisfaction of Paris-Saint-Germain fans AC Milan tremendous financial difficulties forced them to sell us two of its top players who led the Rossoneri to the Scudetto in 2011, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
To write history and to establish himself as an All-Time great Thiago Silva has to win the FIFA World Cup with Brazil this summer. He is the leader of his team and he is in his prime. If he does that his name will be associated with some of the greatest defenders of all-times such as Franz Beckenbauer, Marcel Desailly, Booby Moore, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Nesta, Poalo Maldini, and Paolo Canavaro, to list a few.