Spain great David Silva retires at 37 because of serious knee injury

David Silva has been forced to retire at 37 because of a severe injury as the La Liga and Spain great will be missed for what he has contributed during his decorated career.


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Silva produced an explosive season that saw Real Sociedad finish fourth in Spanish top-flight La Liga 2022/23; it is supposed to be an exciting season ahead for the little chef.

However, a severe knee injury forces the former Valencia leader to call it a day.

David Silva retires at 37

One week after suffering a serious knee injury, Silva announced his retirement:

“Today is a sad day for me,” Silva said in a video on his social media accounts. “It is time to say goodbye to what I have dedicated my whole life to.”

He damaged the ACL in his left knee in training last week.

Silva won the 2012 Euro with Spain
Silva won the 2012 Euro with Spain

Silva’s legacy

Silva is in the elite group of Spain players on each title-winning squad from the 2008 European Championship, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012.

In that 2012 final, he scored the opening goal with a header in a 4-0 rout of Italy. It was arguably the peak performance of Spain’s dominant era playing the high-tempo, possession-based style known as the famous tiki-taka.

Silva's statue at Etihad
Silva’s statue at Etihad

Before that time, Silva was among the best players Valencia ever produced, as he was in the squad that won the Spanish Cup in 07/08. Twelve years later, he lifted the honorable trophy again, this time with Real Sociedad.

Silva’s career peaked in England when he won four English Premier League titles in a decade with Manchester City. There is a statue of him outside the stadium to mark his legendary status at the side.

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