For all Valencia CF fans, Manchester City F.C. fans and the entire football community, the name David Silva would not sound strange, as it is a name they are used to and familiar with.
Although the Spanish professional footballer, nicknamed “Merlin” and “El Mago” by fans and teammates alike (due to his ability to pass, own and retain), plays mainly as a central or attacking midfielder, he can also be considered a utility player as the left-footed player also acts as a winger or second striker.
Here you will find exciting information that you should know about this talented footballer, who is considered by many to be one of the best midfielders in Europe.
David Silva Bio, Age
Silva was born on 8 January 1986 in Arguineguín – one of the most populous cities on the south coast of Gran Canaria, Spain. His full name is David Josué Jiménez Silva.
His father, Fernando Jiménez Silva, was a former municipal police officer who would later be responsible for the security of the CF Stadium in Valencia. His mother’s name is Eva Silva, she was a full-time housewife. Silva is of Spanish and Japanese descent, his father is from Spain and his mother is said to be of Japanese descent.
David Silva Career
Football is something Silva has always loved and has had a passion for since he was old enough to kick a football, you wouldn’t be wrong to say it was innate. In fact, he began his football career with UD San Fernando, youth team, first as a goalkeeper, then as a winger.
In 2000, when he was just 14 years old, he was offered the chance to play in the youth team of CF Valencia, he took up the offer with both hands and remained in the youth wing of the club until the age of 17.
David Silva had his first professional appearance in the 2004/2005 season when he was loaned to Eibar. During his time with the club, he appeared in 35 league matches and scored goals on five different occasions. The following season he was loaned out again, this time to Celta de Vigo, where he played in 34 league games and scored four goals.
In 2006 the promising star returned to Valencia, where he spent the next two seasons. During this time he scored 14 goals. In 2008 he renewed his contract with the club for another five years. In the same year, he won his first title in Spain – Copa del Rey 2008.
In the first three months of the 2008/2009 season, David was unable to play due to a chronic ankle injury. In mid-December, he was fit to play again. In early January 2009, Silva scored the three goals that sealed the club’s home victory over Atlético Madrid. He played 19 more games and scored four more goals when the club qualified for the Europa League this year.
The following season (2009-10) he scored his eight best goals in his career. This season, Valencia finished third and returned to the UEFA Champions League.
After almost a decade with Valencia CF, he signed a four-year transfer contract with Manchester City in 2010. The contract was signed on 14 July. Prior to this deal, Man-City had tried in vain to sign Silva and his Valencian team-mate David Villa in 2008. The club reportedly lost interest in their purchase after Valencia demanded £135 million for both players.
In September 2012, he renewed his contract with the club by signing a four-year contract in which he pledged his loyalty to Etihad Stadium until 2017. Towards the end of 2017, he signed another contract extension that will keep him with Manchester City until 2020.
Nevertheless, Silva wears the number 21 jersey for Manchester United, the same number he wore for his previous club and the Spanish national team. David Silva has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year 2018-2019.
David made his first appearance for Spain when he represented the country at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Finland, where he scored three goals. His second appearance was at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship as a U-21 international. He scored four goals in the championship and was named one of the top scorers alongside Graziano Pellè (Italian striker).
He made his senior debut in 2006 with a 1-0 home defeat to Romania in a friendly match. In 2007 he scored his first two goals for Spain in a 3-2 friendly against Greece. After this friendly, he was accepted into the 23-man squad that represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008.
David Silva’s Wife, Mother, Son
Silva’s mother Eva Silva is of Japanese descent, and that makes David a double-ethnic – Spaniard / Japanese. She is a full-time housewife.
The fantastic midfielder is not married but has a partner Yessica Suarez Gonzalez, with whom he welcomed a son Mateo in December 2017. Later, sometime in January 2018, he revealed that his son was born too soon and is struggling to stay alive.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The talented left-footer stands at 5?8 in (1.73 m) and weighs 67 kg (148 lb). His other body measurements are:
- Chest – 37 in (94 cm)
- Arms / Biceps – 13 in (33 cm)
- Waist – 29 in (74 cm).