Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is also the captain of both his club and country's national team.
As a youngster, Thiago Silva trained with Fluminense. He was offered a professional contract by small Rio Grande do Sul state, club RS Futebol, in the south of Brazil, and was then quickly picked up by nearby Juventude, with whom he had an excellent debut season in the First Division in 2004. By this time, Thiago Silva, formerly a right-winger who also had spells in defensive midfield and at fullback, had been converted into a central defender. He was acquired by Porto in 2004, but played only for the reserve team. After a year he joined Dynamo Moscow, but failed to appear in any games.
In December 2008, Thiago Silva joined A.C. Milan under a €10 million agreement. Silva was officially registered as a Milan player effectively from July 2009, since the club had already signed two non-EU nationals during the 2008–09 season. Five years on, Silva says manager Carlo Ancelotti changed his life by playing in European football.
On 14 July, it was announced that Silva had signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, completing a €42 million transfer to the French club. It was reported that his wages are in excess of €185,000 per week, around €12 million a year. He stated that his reasons for leaving the club was due to family reasons and that he is seeking a new challenge and the prospect of new trophies. Despite the statement, Silva has on numerous occasions stated that he had never intended to leave A.C. Milan and completed the move due to Milan's financial difficulties, saying, "I am very sad to leave Milan, I was treated with great respect, by the players, the manager and the fans, but I am ready for a new challenge with PSG," also mentioning that, "It was an offer I couldn't refuse."
Silva was selected by Dunga to play for Brazil in the 2008 Olympics. He was one of two players over 23 years of age (the other one being Ronaldinho) and played in three matches. Before the Olympics started, he earned his only two caps in friendlies against Singapore and Vietnam. Silva was selected to play for Brazil in an International Friendly against Italy at Emirates Stadium on 10 February 2009. He came on in the 77th minute to replace Juan. He later went on to play for Brazil against England in a friendly match in Qatar on 9 October. He was included by Dunga for the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad due to his top form with Milan, but didn't feature in any matches. Silva has now been selected as first choice defender, under new Brazil coach Mano Menezes, for a friendly against United States on 10 August 2010. On 30 May 2012, he scored his first goal for Brazil with a header from a corner kick by Neymar against the United States. When fit, Silva now acts as the team's captain.