Born on the Canary Islands, David Silva was reared in Valencia’s youth academy, but only made the step up to the first team in 2006 after spells at Eibar and Celta Vigo. That same year also brought a maiden senior international appearance after the left-sided attacker had progressed through the youth teams, including winning the UEFA U-19 Championship.

 

Silva is a constant menace to the opposing defence, probing incessantly around the edge of the area and equally likely to provide the decisive pass as to score himself. Luis Aragones recognised those qualities and included him in a revamped Spain side that ultimately triumphed at EURO 2008. 

 

He has been a regular with La Roja ever since and took continental honours once again in 2012, having been crowned a world champion at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. During the latter, Silva’s transfer to Manchester City was confirmed, but the change of scenery has altered none of his potency. A first team regular, Silva has already added FA Cup, Community Shield and Premier League titles to his growing collection of silverware.

 

Silva remains unaffected by his success and subsequent fame, preferring to keep a low profile away from the pitch.