Silva hungry for international glory

The ambitious Brazilian footballer dreams of emulating Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro, who won the World Cup and Ballon d’Or in the same year.

Thiago Silva

The 29-year old Paris Saint-Germain defender has set his sights on these two coveted awards which would bring his country international glory on home soil and him, an individual award he has yet to attain.

Thiago Silva has grabbed the Samba d’Or award which recognises the best Brazilian footballer in Europe twice in 2011 and 2012.

He hopes to match a feat that Fabio Cannavaro made famous in 2006, where he led Italy to World Cup glory before nabbing the coveted Golden Ball award in the same year.

"If we become world champions it may open the door to the Fifa Ballon d'Or, although I think it would be difficult," the 29-year-old told the official Fifa website.

"Every 10 years a centre-back may win it once. You never know what tomorrow brings, but I realise it’s very tough. 

"What I’m thinking about is playing well to provide my team with a solid foundation to win games. What I’m thinking about is winning the World Cup. If this puts me among the best again, I’ll be very happy."

The last time the Brazilians lifted the World Cup trophy was in 2002 when they defeated the Germans in a thrilling final in Japan.

They have been touted as favourites to win due to their home advantage.

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