David Silva on Sunday won his third Premier League title with Manchester City and the Spanish midfielder took to social media to reveal just why this triumph means more than the rest with a poignant post.
Despite scoring eight goals and registering 11 assists, Silva’s had a stop-start season due to personal reasons that the 32-year-old himself revealed in January.
His son, Mateo, had been born prematurely and was fighting to stay alive, forcing the midfielder to make several trips to Spain and miss a number of games.
Thankfully, it seems the complications seem to have been sorted out and it has been understandably given Silva multiple reasons to be joyous.
City were mathematically assured of the title on Sunday when second-placed Manchester United slipped up at home to rock-bottom side West Bromwich Albion.
Since arriving from Valencia in the summer of 2010, Silva has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest midfielders and his bursting trophy cabinet is a testament to his superlative talents.
This season, the diminutive maestro has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts and his performances have been rewarded with a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Two of Silva’s teammates, namely Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, have made the six-man shortlist, with the former considered a frontrunner for the accolade alongside Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
City’s remaining fixtures for the season:
Swansea (H), April 22
West Ham (A), April 29
Huddersfield (H), May 6
Brighton (H), May 9
Southampton (A), May 13