Date of birth
08 January 1986
Place of birth
International caps / goals
53 / 13
David Silva must have felt at home straight away at the City of Manchester Stadium, having conjured the winning goal on his previous visit.
He was joint top scorer with four goals in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships, helping Spain to reach the quarter-finals, and made his senior debut in November, 2006.
David's exploits earned him a seven-year contract and he made more than 140 appearances for Valencia, scoring 20 goals, before deciding to join City's Blue Revolution. He quickly adjusted to the demands of English football, with a brilliant individual goal at Bloomfield Road helping him win City's player of the month award for October. More influential performances saw him scoop the same prize in the following month.
David Silva's Gallery
David Silva - Merlin
Nicknamed 'Merlin' by teammates, the video shows exactly why.
David Silva - US Tour interview
'Merlin' talks about his first season with the Club and explains how is has adapted to Manchester, despite the weather.
David Silva - Signing session
David takes part in a signing session at the store.