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Silva leaves as Man City's greatest ever player

 

After a decade of success, the Spain midfielder departs the Etihad Stadium with more medals than anyone in the club's history

There are two places where David Silva feels happiest - on his home island of Gran Canaria, and on the football pitch.

Manchester City fans rightly feel blessed that for a decade he swapped the sunshine paradise for the rain and gloom of north west England. 

But, after 10 glorious years, El Mago has performed his final trick in a City shirt.

Silva leaves the club as the most successful player in City's history having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields. For many, he leaves as the greatest player to ever represent the Premier League outfit.

City’s ambitious project has the end-goal of becoming best club in the world, and throughout a period of huge success, Silva has remained a constant - leading that mission from the front with a quiet brilliance.

There has been no brashness or big talk from the little Spaniard. Silva turned up at the Etihad Stadium, ran the game almost every week, and then headed home with the minimum of fuss.

 

“I have tried to do my best,” Silva told DAZN with typical humility. “I have good statistics, but there is also the spirit we have had in the team. Thank God for the good spirit because if not, I would not have been here 10 years.

“When it is such a hungry project, if you are not doing well, they will bring new people and you will be out.

 

"Being here for 10 years is not easy. I'm proud. Being in another country, and in a competitive league, the player who has played the most games here, I'm proud."

For those that have watched Silva regularly, his ability is clear. He has balletic balance, a delicate touch, incredible vision and an ability to appreciate what is happening in the game and dictate the rhythm.

He is also a fighter with the courage to take responsibility and lead from the front in either big matches or tight games against defensive opponents.

“He's undoubtedly one of the best players in Manchester City's history, if not the best, and one of the best midfielders that the Premier League has ever seen,” City legend Paul Dickov tells  Goal .

“How he handles himself on and off the pitch, he's the ultimate professional and nothing short of world class in what he does.”

Silva's qualities are not always quantifiable despite statistics that back up his influence.

He has laid on 94 assists and created 797 chances in his time in the Premier League - more than any other player since 2010.

Yet, somewhat strangely, he has only made two PFA Teams of the Season and won just the solitary Player of the Month award.

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