Manchester City new boy Bernardo Silva joined the Benfica youth academy at an early age. The attacking midfielder, who is equally comfortable on the wing, went on to make his debut for the club as a 19-year-old in October 2013 in a Portuguese cup tie. He therefore played his part – albeit a small one – in Benfica's treble-winning 2013/14 campaign. Even before Silva had properly broken into the first team at Benfica, Monaco signed him on loan in summer 2014. He made such an impact there that the move was made permanent in January 2015. Silva proved to be a consistent performer in all competitions, regularly contributing goals and assists and playing a key role in Monaco's run to the league title in 2016/17.

In March 2015 he earned his maiden Portugal cap in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Cape Verde, but missed UEFA EURO 2016 through injury. Silva left Monaco to join English Premier League giants Manchester City in May 2017.