Last summer, at the age of 35 years old, Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian centre-back was labelled too old. Others felt he wouldn’t be able to handle the pace of the Premier League.
Silva started off slowly in his early days at the club; there was a banana skin moment against West Bromwich Albion on his debut. But over time, the defender displayed his quality.
It’s now easy to see why Silva has been regarded as one of the best in his position for years – that is if you didn’t take much notice of other leagues outside the Premier League. .
He’s a hard-working professional that has dedicated himself to his career. It’s easy to see why he’s been at the highest level for countless seasons.
I always felt as a fan the club needed that first cup victory to give the squad confidence and belief; they’ve now shown that by getting the job done in Belfast in the Super Cup at the start of the month.
The experience Silva radiated in big games has rubbed off onto the squad. Players like Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have kicked on another gear the last six months and I expect Silva has been a factor in that.
One thing you get when you talk about Cristiano Ronaldo is the focus to make himself the best he can be. His hard work and dedication are the reasons he’s still regarded as one of the best at the age of 36 years old.
The fear he will put into a Premier League sides before they kick-off against him will be clear to see from day one.
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Ronaldo will give Man United that forward they have been missing, just like Chelsea until they signed Romelu Lukaku You can be certain Ronaldo will score goals, whoever he plays for. That’s what Ronaldo has focused his game on. Being deadly and a match-winner, rather than the show pony we saw at the start of his Manchester United career.
Anyone that writes off Ronaldo due to age will be in for a rude awakening in my eyes and will be a massive help to Manchester United.
This deal will make our Champions League group rivals Juventus a weaker opponent when we come to face them.
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