David Silva has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37. The former Manchester City and Spain midfielder sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training with Real Sociedad and has decided to call time on his career.
Silva is one of the most decorated players in Premier League history, having won four titles with City, as well as two FA Cups, five League Cups, and the Community Shield. He was also a key member of the Spain team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
A statement on Silva’s social media accounts read: “Today is a sad day for me, but it is also a day of happiness. Happiness for what I have achieved in my career, for the places I have visited, for the people I have met and for the love I have received.
“I want to thank all the clubs I have played for, the coaches, the staff, my teammates and, above all, the fans. You have made this journey an unforgettable one.
“I am now looking forward to the next chapter in my life, and I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Silva’s retirement is a major loss to the world of football. He was a gifted playmaker with a vision and creativity that few others could match. He was also a tireless worker, and his dedication to his craft was evident in everything he did.
Silva will be remembered as one of the greats of the modern game. He was a joy to watch, and he will be missed by fans of all clubs.
Tributes to David Silva
Many tributes have been paid to David Silva since his retirement announcement. Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak said: “David Silva is a legend of Manchester City. He is one of the greatest players we have ever seen in our shirt, and his impact on the club has been immeasurable.
“He is a magician with the ball at his feet, and he has created so many wonderful memories for our fans. We are all so grateful for his service, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”
Spain national team manager Luis Enrique said: “David Silva is one of the best players Spain has ever produced. He is a magician with the ball at his feet, and he has been a key player for both club and country for many years.
“I am so grateful for his service to Spanish football, and I wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”
David Silva’s retirement is a sad day for football, but he will be remembered as one of the greats of the modern game. He was a joy to watch, and he will be missed by fans of all clubs.