Despite an initially slow start as he took time to adapt to life in England, the pint-sized Spaniard has since cemented his place as City’s greatest ever player and one of the best ever to kick a ball in English football.
Silva has played a starring role in four Premier League title triumphs with City – even doing so with three different hairstyles – as well as lifting two FA Cups and five League Cups in sky blue.
In 428 games as a City player, the 34-year old has scored 75 goals and assisted teammates on 137 occasions.
10 years of David Silva.
10 years of consistent brilliance.
:crown: The greatest player to ever wear a City shirt in my opinion.
:trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy:4x Premier League titles
:trophy::trophy:2x FA Cups
:trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy::trophy:5x League Cups#ManCity pic.twitter.com/E2BxXHet5p
– Paul McGarraghy (@PaulMcGarraghy) June 30, 2020
The sublime control, the effortless technique, the wand of a left-foot, the vision and awareness to pull off a pass nobody even thought was possible – Silva has been and utter revelation and it’s been a pleasure to watch him strut his stuff.
A consummate professional and a player who has maintained a frightening level of consistency over the years, City captain Silva will not be extending his contract this summer.
And with the rest of the season being played out behind-closed-doors, the club’s fans may well have seen him play for the last time.
Pep Guardiola has promised the World Cup winner a send-off when it is safe to do so and it is only right that Silva and the City supporters get to say goodbye to one another given what he means to them
Should he manage to get his hands on the Champions League if City manage to go all the way, he will have accomplished all he set out to do in England.
“When I say one thing, I move forward. I am sorry, I have been here ten years and I have fulfilled what I wanted,” Silva told AS in May.
“The cycle closes here, but I will always keep this club in mind for everything I have lived. From the first moment people have treated me incredible. Here they have a great respect for you, people give admiration towards you. Now my family and I need another challenge.