Brazil and Chelsea star Thiago Silva had his toes immortalised on the Maracana Stroll of Fame on Friday afternoon.
The 37-year-old centre-back is without doubt one of the most embellished gamers within the nation’s historical past, having gained 31 profession titles with Fluminense, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in a profession spanning nearly 20 years. Silva additionally has 105 caps for his nation, making him the participant with the tenth-most appearances for Brazil alongside Ronaldo Fenomeno and Emerson Leao.
His achievements for Brazil embody successful the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2019 Copa America. He has additionally performed in two Olympic Video games (Bejing 2008 and London 2012) in addition to enjoying within the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups. He now joins an unique checklist of Brazilian gamers together with Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldinho, Neymar, Zico, Romario and worldwide stars like Eusebio, Beckenbauer and Messi on the Maracana Stroll of Fame.
“It’s a really special occasion for me,” mentioned Silva. “God has been very beneficiant to me, not solely due to soccer, however in my private life as effectively. This present day right here for me is greater than particular. I’m actually flattered by this honor.”
An evening previous to accepting his award, Silva was captaining Brazil to a 4-0 win over South Amercian rivals Chile Targets from Neymar, Vinícius Junior, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison settled the tie which additionally noticed Silva obtain an enormous ovation from the gang when he charged down and tackled Joaquín Montecinos after he’d torn away in direction of the Brazil objective on the hour mark.
And it looks like Silva will proceed to be terrorising attackers for a while but as he not too long ago declared he’d prefer to preserve enjoying into his 40s like legendary Italian defender Paulo Maldini did at AC Milan. At 37 years of age there’s nonetheless loads of time for Silva to maintain going on the highest degree, along with his contract at Stamford Bridge at present working till 2023.
“I hope I can do the identical factor that Maldini did at Milan, enjoying till he was 40 or 41 years previous,” Silva advised Chelsea web site. “That’s my plan for the fast future and I’ve ready myself for that. Whenever you’re younger, you assume you’re a superhero. I’d play one recreation a day, so when it comes to restoration it was quite a bit faster. Whereas now 24 hours looks like no time in any respect during which to get better. You’ve at all times bought to be energetic and up to the mark with the brand new restoration strategies on the market.”
“I’ve bought numerous issues I do at house like physio work, and these days I’ve bought a greater weight loss plan than earlier than. It’s worthwhile to gasoline your self effectively, not with the dangerous stuff. That is a part of what I’ve bought to take action that I can optimise this restoration course of, which for me must be faster.”