Thiago Silva – the best defender in the world?

In my latest piece for FourFourTwo, where I write as a feature columnist on French and African football, I take a look at Paris Saint-Germain’s brilliant centre back Thiago Silva and his rise to becoming one of – if not THE – best defender in the world. I also look at the unspoken truth in Paris that, really, he never wanted to leave Milan and probably wouldn’t have joined PSG if the choice were his:

Le Parisien declared him “already a legend.” Alain Roche, a former France centre-back who won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with PSG in 1996, called Silva ‘the Lionel Messi of defenders.’ “The question is no longer if he is the best defender in the world,” said Roche, “because he is quite simply one of the best players in the world – better than Cannavaro when he won the Ballon D’Or.” Ricardo, another Brazilian centre back who played for and coached PSG in the 1990s, simply dubbed his compatriot “a monster.”

Head over to FourFourTwo to read the full piece, and let me know your thoughts on the piece, as well as Thiago Silva, if he is the best defender in the world, and his future, below.

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