The Thiago Silva farewell tour got off to a promising start on Friday as Paris Saint-Germain defeated AS Saint-Etienne to clinch yet another Coupe de France tournament win.
The win was a landmark one for the Brazilian defender. It was his fifth Coupe de France win in his career, which tied a record for most by a player. He had already won four following a four-peat from 2015-2018. Marceau Somerlinck (Lille), Dominique Bathenay (PSG and AS Saint-Etienne) and Alain Roche (PSG and Bordeaux) also won five Coupe de France tournaments over their careers.
For Silva, this historic milestone is not much of significance to him. In a pre-match interview with PSG TV, Silva spoke about what equaling the record would mean if he had gone on to accomplish the feat.
“I don’t really look at that kind of statistic,” Silva said. “Afterwards, it’s true that it’s an important record. Despite those four Coupe de France I’ve won, it’s the next one that’s always the most important, especially if it allows you to go down in the history of the competition and the club. So it’s obviously a particular motivation for me this year.”
The focus for Silva is that he can win two more trophies before ending his PSG career.
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