Profile: Thiago Silva - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Regarded by many as the finest defender of his generation, Thiago Silva, captain of French champions PSG and World Cup hosts and favourites, Brazil, faces a year that could define him a one of the world’s all-time top players. It’s a far cry from the 21 year old player nearly forced out of the game at the tender age of 21.
Playing in Russia at Dynamo Moscow, he contracted tuberculosis, and was forced to spend months in hospital, in isolation. To cap the misery, when finally recuperated, he was not considered worthy of reintroduction at the club. His European football career seemed over, and he retreated to his native Brazil and Fluminese.
Thiago’s was a rare talent however, and his tenure back in Brazil’s sunshine coincided with a renaissance of his powers. His club conceded less than 40 goals in the entire season, and Milan were tempted into paying a reported 10million euro fee to induce him to take a second bite at Europe...