We continue our Meet the Player feature with a closer look at Sevilla’s Andre Silva, who has taken to La Liga in superb form.
An academy graduate of Portuguese giants Porto, Silva impressed for their reserve side before making his debut with the first team in 2015. He would play more than 50 times for the club before moving to Milan in 2017.
But what do we know about the man – who has sent Sevilla to the top of La Liga….
Five different youth teams
Born in 1995 in the region of Baguim do Monte, a local parish in Gondomar – Silva began playing football in 2003 for a professional side, joining Porto based SC Salgueiros.
His form and talent quickly saw him sign for Boavista FC, despite the onlooking number of scouts from the likes of Porto and Benfica at the time. He would then move back to his boyhood club, before Padroense led him to a youth scholarship at Porto.
1,000th goal for Portugal
Having represented Portugal at all youth levels from U16, Silva was given his chance with the senior side in October, 2016, making his debut against Andorra.
He would later net a hat-trick just days later against the Faroe Islands and would make his call-up a certainty from that moment on.
Earlier this year, Silva made history by scoring Portugal’s 1000th goal in their history during a friendly with Tunisia in Braga.
Speaking in March, Ronaldo played down fears that his national team may slump when he eventually takes a back seat by stating: “When I retire, Portugal is still in good hands. We have a great forward in Andre Silva.”