Goal.com’s countdown to the greatest player of 2008 reaches number 44 and we have our first entrant from La Liga and the second Spaniard on the list, David Silva. At just 22 years of age, he is one of the most highly valued players at Valencia and he has already established himself as a regular with the Spanish national team.
49 - Javier Zanetti - Internazionale, Serie A - Score: 1104
48 - Daniel Guiza - Fenerbahçe, Super Lig - Score: 1089
47 - Juninho Pernambucano - Olympique Lyonnais, Ligue 1 - Score: 1083
46 - Juan Román Riquelme - Boca Juniors, Argentine Apertura - Score: 1077
45 - Luca Toni - FC Bayern, Bundesliga - Score: 1064
44 - David Silva -
More Than A Wing-Man
David Silva is another one of
And he is not just a player who relies solely on his dribbling and a bag full of tricks. Like a deep-lying playmaker, he has outstanding vision and a great reading of the game, often supplying his forwards with pin-point, defence-splitting through balls.
The 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength season after season since his breakthrough year in 2006 when he returned to
Golden Year For Silva
But 2008 has been a rather bizarre and trying year for Silva. Although he picked up two winners’ medals, there is just this sense that it wasn’t quite a complete and fulfilling 12 months for the youngster.
The first half of the year proved to be truly abysmal as his 2007/08 La Liga campaign with
The team only avoided a total catastrophe of a season when they somehow bagged the Copa del Rey in April after sweeping past
Throughout this topsy-turvy turmoil, the winger managed to maintain
his performance levels and he was one of the few players in the squad
who consistently impressed. And he would carry that resplendent form
with him to the European Championships with
Silva, like many of his compatriots, had a barn-storming Euro 2008 campaign, dazzling fans with his energetic wing play and his almost telepathic understanding with the rest of his team-mates. A perfect illustration of this was his constant swapping of the flanks with Andres Iniesta, a routine which also brought his effortless versatility to the fore.
Even though he only managed to find the net once – in the 3-0 triumph over
But by the end of it all, he was slightly overshadowed by some of his countrymen such as Iniesta, Xavi, David Villa and Fernando Torres, all of whom made the 23-man Team of the Tournament, on which Silva unfortunately missed out.
Another misfortune for the man from the
Silva may have committed his long-term future to
With the World Cup in
2008 Team Honours:
2007/08 Copa del Rey (
2008 European Championships (
2008 Individual Honours:
KS Leong, Goal.com