Real Sociedad midfielder, David Silva, has announced his retirement from football following a devastating knee injury. The 37-year-old Spaniard, who spent a decade at Manchester City, made the difficult decision after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a pre-season training session with his current club.
Silva’s career in football has been illustrious, with his time at Manchester City being particularly fruitful. Having joined the English club in 2010 from Valencia, he went on to make nearly 400 appearances and won four Premier League titles. His contributions to the team were invaluable, and his skill and vision on the field were unmatched.
Before his time at Manchester City, Silva also had stints with Eibar and Celta Vigo, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a player. In addition, he represented the Spanish national team, appearing in 125 senior matches and achieving success in major tournaments. He played a pivotal role in Spain’s triumph in the 2010 World Cup and their victories in the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
Expressing his sadness at retiring from the sport, Silva bid farewell to his teammates and clubs that have been a significant part of his life. He referred to Valencia as “Ches,” Eibar as “Armeros,” Celta Vigo as “Celtinas,” Manchester City as “Citizens,” and Real Sociedad as “Txuri Urdines.” Silva thanked them all for making him feel at home throughout his career.
Silva’s retirement marks the end of an era for the football world. His creativity, technical ability, and leadership qualities have left an indelible mark on the sport. As fans and fellow players bid him farewell, Silva’s legacy as a true footballing maestro will forever be remembered.