THIAGO SILVA has won the sambafoot.com trophy, given to the best Brazilian player of the year.
It’s been a fantastic year for Thiago Silva as the player became a key man for both Milan and the Brazilian national team, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the world at the moment.
Sambafoot.com readers, specialists in the world of football and former-players of the Brazilian national team voted for the best Brazilian player of the Year 2011 – and it was no other that Thiago who won.
Thiago is in fact the third Serie A player to claim the Samba Gold trophy: after Kaka in 2008 and Inter’s Maicon in 2010. The Rossoneri part-time captain won with 16.33% of the votes, followed by Barcelona’s Dani Alves (15.56%) and Porto’s Hulk (14,41%). Robinho and Alex Pato finished 9th and 10th respectively.
“He is one of the best centre-backs in the world. He is technical, strong and has a great positional sense that makes his one of the best in his position in the world,” 1994 World Cup winner, Cláudio Taffarel said of Thiago. “He’s a great defender, who for now has no equivalent in his position. He will certainly be present at the 2014 World Cup,” added former Selecao international Branco, who also was part of the 1994 squad.
“He will certainly be one of the two centre backs playing for the Selecão at the 2014 World Cup. He’s established himself in the team and would make a perfect captain for 2014. His position on the pitch, where he can talk with team-mates makes him the ideal captain for us,” Carlos Alberto Torres said.
Congratulations to Thiago Silva for winning the trophy!