Thiago Silva Isago Da Silva

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Silva's season began with a goal against Lecce in the first match of the 2010–11 Serie A season. [63] In a 3–1 victory over Chievo on 16 October, Silva was forced to leave the match with a sprained left ankle. The injury forced Silva to miss a Champions League group stage match against Real Madrid — Milan CEO Adriano Galliani jokingly said after the match that he would give Silva his healthy foot in order to see him play at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. [64] Silva was inactive for four matches due to his injury. After returning from his injury, he was to play in the Derby della Madonnina against city rivals and treble winners Inter Milan. Matched against UEFA Club Footballer of the Year winner Diego Milito, Silva nullified his efforts and played a key role in Milan's 1–0 victory. [65] In a 0–2 group stage loss to Ajax in the Champions League, Silva suffered a right knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. [66][67] Initially feared to be a serious injury,[68] it only kept Silva away for one month. [69] At the midpoint of the season, Silva was regarded as the best defender in the Serie A,[70] and the best in Europe. [71]