Grading PSG: Silva’s French Renaissance

Now that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season is over, it’s time to hand out some grades to the Paris Saint-Germain players for their performance in the French top flight.

Note: In order to be graded, each player needed to have appeared in at least five Ligue 1 matches this season.

Thiago Silva

Intro: It’s not often that a top club in Europe features a 35-year-old center-back, but that was the case for Paris Saint-Germain this season. With 21 appearances in Ligue 1, Silva featured more than Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo, and Thilo Kehrer.

The Brazil international was also surprisingly durable, too. Silva’s only serious injuries came in the second half of the season. He missed four Ligue 1 matches with a groin and hamstring injury and most notably, was left out of the squad that defeated Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes, which qualified the club for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.


21 Appearances
68 Accurate Passes per Game
1.5 Aerial Duels Won per Game
1.9 Ground Duels Won per Game
1.2 Interceptions per Game
1.3 Tackles per Game
1 Yellow card

Final Grade: A-

Outlook: Silva turned back the clock this season and provided some much-needed consistency at the center-back position. His contract expires at the end of the season and given his age and bloated salary, most fans assumed this would be his last year in the French capital.

However, there’s some reporting that indicates Silva may receive an extension. If he accepts a lower wage and reduced minutes (hopefully PSG signs a world-class replacement), it might not be a bad idea to have his experience and leadership in the locker room for another season.

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