Gilberto Silva

Brazil 2017

Typically played in the holding role and known for his qualities in breaking up play, he was nicknamed “the Invisible Wall”. His job was the same for club and country, win the ball back and pass it on, nothing spectacular but always the most vital cog in the team. He joined Arsenal from Atletico Mineiro as a key member of Brazil’s World Cup winning squad in 2002 and his Gunners career started with a bang – a goal on his debut in the FA Community Shield, before netting the fastest ever Champions League goal just a few weeks later. The following season he was a key player of Arsenal’s Invincibles, and was always appreciated by his teammates doing a lot of their dirty work. A World Cup winner, an Invincible and an all-round great player, Gilberto Silva is the classic anchor man.

Full name: Gilberto Aparecido da Silva
Born: 07/10/1976, Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Clubs: América Mineiro (1997-2000), Atlético Mineiro (2000-2002), Arsenal (2002-2008), Panathinaikos (2008-2011), Grêmio (2011-2013), América Mineiro (2013)
International: 93 apps, 3 goals (2001-2010)
Position: Midfielder

Honours:            

  • Série B (1): 1997
  • Copa Sul-Minas (1): 2000
  • Campeonato Mineiro (1): 2000, 2013
  • Copa Libertadores (1): 2013
  • FA Premier League (1): 2003–04
  • FA Cup (2): 2003, 2005
  • FA Community Shield (2): 2002, 2004
  • Super League Greece (1): 2009–10
  • Greek Football Cup (1): 2010
  • FIFA World Cup (1): 2002
  • Copa América (1): 2007
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (2): 2005, 2009