Thiago Silva speaks to FIFA.com about why he didn’t make it as an attacker, being the only defender on the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist, why players of his position rarely win the award and why you shouldn’t take risks at the back.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 20 defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Featuring Claudio Caniggia explaining why Lionel Messi will never be as great as Diego Maradona, Jose Mourinho on his Chelsea children and Lamine Kone on Falcao being easy to mark.
Spanish champions Barcelona's incredible 316-match streak of having more possession than their opposition ended in their 4-0 away win at Rayo Vallecano.
Brazil defender Dani Alves believes Barcelona can get even better as they adapt to the coaching style of Gerardo Martino, following their 4-0 UEFA Champions League win over Ajax.
Barcelona fired seven past Levante as newly-appointed coach Gerardo Martino enjoyed a bright start at the Camp Nou, while Real Madrid needed an 86th-minute header from Isco to claim maximum points against Betis.