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David Silva: “The Magician” calls time upon his career, after an ACL injury

Manchester City and Spain legend David Silva has decided to call upon a stellar career, which spanned nearly two decades, after getting injured by ACL. He has confirmed his retirement after playing 19 years in senior professional football stage after he suffered a knock of ACL during pre-season tour.

David Silva retires

The former Manchester City and Spain playmaker, who has been renowned for his exploits in Etihad Stadium while sporting the City colors, has decided to hung up his boots after a majestic period of elite football journey, spanning 19 years. His decision to retire was rather a compelling one after he had injured himself in his club’s pre-season tour. He ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the beginning of this month, as a result of which, he has decided to end his playing career.

The Little Magician, often called due to his diminutive stature, has been one of the best playmakers that Spain has ever fielded. He comprised the famous gang in the Spanish national team when he went on to achieve the historic treble for the Spaniards, winning three coveted titles for Spain, the Euros 2008 and 2012, and the illustrious World Cup in 2010. He came to prominence when he rose through the ranks of Spanish side Valencia, before making his debut for the senior team in 2004, where he spent six years, till 2010, before signing for Premier League side Manchester City. In Valencia, he became famous for his ultra-magical dribbles and soothing passes to teammates, as he won the prestigious Copa del Rey in 2007.

One of City’s greats

David Silva joined Manchester City in 2010. Till then, the world was well aware of the exploits of this pocket dynamo who can mesmerize the opponents with his skills. It was time for him to woo Cityzens with his magic. He spent 10 seasons for the Premier League side, making it one of the best, invincible teams in the League. He won the title four times for City, and featured in more than 430 outings for the club, becoming one of the legendary figures in the team. He left City in 2020, and came “home” in Spain, to don the Sociedad colors as he joined La Liga side Real Sociedad. His exploits and achievements for City will be commemorated as club owner Khaldoon Al-Mubarak said he will be one of the three legends for the club, along with Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, whose contributions will be honored by building a statue outside Etihad stadium.

For National team, the Seleccion, he was capped 125 times, where he was on target 35 times, and would be considered as one of the greats for the national team, playing with top stars like Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Ramos, among others in the Golden era of Spanish football.

“A sad day for me”

Silva took to social media to express his gratitude, confirming the news of him calling time upon an illustrious career. He was heard saying, “Today is a sad day for me. Today it is time to say goodbye to what I have dedicated my whole life to. Today it is time to say goodbye to my colleagues, who are like family to me. I will miss you very much. “

He further added, “Thank you because you have made me feel at home,” as he addressed the fans of all clubs that he has represented over 19 years in the elite leagues.

He featured in more than 100 outings for Real Sociedad, where he won Copa Del Rey in 2020, as “El Mago”, will always be in the hearts of every football fans, owing to his classy football style.

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