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Name Bernardo Silva
Gender Male
Ethnic Portuguese
Job Portuguese Footballer
Desc Initially signed on loan from Benfica in 2014, the Portuguese playmaker joined for £14million in January 2015. Bernardo soon emerged as a key creative force at Monaco, starring in their triumphant Ligue 1 campaign and run to the Champions League semi-finals. After three successful years in Ligue 1, he joined Manchester City in 2017, helping Pep Guardiola’s team to successive league titles in 2018 and 2019

Affiliation

Org Portugal National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
  AS Monaco
  AS Monaco [Loan]
  Benfica

2018 06 15 Retrieve

[on Euro 2016 final] ll the French were in one hotel room, and all the Portuguese were in the other. That was the only way to keep the peace. When we faced France in the Euro 2016 final it was the biggest game in the history of Portuguese football. It was also a moment I had been waiting for my whole life - I had worked so hard to get there. But when my teammates came out of the tunnel at the Stade de France, I was hundreds of kilometers away. I wasn’t living my dream. I was in a hotel room in Switzerland, watching the game on television

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva tells how the teams of Pep Guardiola maintain such a high level throughout the season] Yeah, it’s exhausting under Pep, there is no doubt about that. But it’s what we have to do. If you want to go for all the trophies season after season you need to have someone who pushes you day after day

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva speaks about life in Manchester] People know who you are and sometimes people ask for pictures but it’s fine and the people of Manchester are very respectful, so when Pep gives us a day off, I go for breakfast almost every day and I take a walk in the city centre. I like Juan Mata’s restaurant and I go to Pep’s restaurant, but we have to pay double!

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva speaks about an initiative Cristiano Ronaldo started with the Portugal national team to donate their UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying bonus to support struggling clubs during the COVID-19 crisis] He was the one, two or three days ago, that gave us the idea to donate our bonus. So we qualified to the 2020 Euros, which now is in 2021. And he gave us the idea to donate part of our bonus, so I think our national team, our players will donate 50 percent of our qualifying bonus

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva on Liverpool’s title] I think it’s a very sad situation, and probably now even if they win it, they won’t enjoy it as much as they should, as they deserve to. They won’t be able to celebrate with their fans. They won’t be able to play with a crowd

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva reveals what makes Cristiano Ronaldo so special] I think what makes him so great is his mentality. He is 35 years old and it has been more than 15 years that he has played at the top level and he is not tired. He always wants more. He wants to win more Champions Leagues, he wants to win more titles with Portugal, he wants to win more leagues, more individual trophies, he wants more goals. I think what is annoying about him, in a way, is that in a training session, you play a game, and it is 1-1. The manager says whoever scores wins, and it is always him. It is not only in the games. When a game is stuck and you don’t know if you’re going to win or not, you know that if you give him the ball, he is the guy who decides; something special might happen when he has the ball. Even in the training session it is kind of annoying because it is always him that scores the most important goals! I think that is what makes him special, being there in the most important moments.

Some games you are more confident than others. I always have one thing in my mind, I say ‘Bernardo, if one day you are not feeling confident about something, just look to your left side and right side’. When I am not feeling confident about a game, I go into the tunnel, we are almost going out onto the pitch, I look around and I see Aymeric Laporte, Ederson, Fernandinho, Kevin [De Bruyne], David [Silva], Kun [Aguero], whoever. I look around and I think, ‘Why am I afraid?’ That is the good thing about having such amazing team-mates

I went to Portugal for a month and I spent it there with my close friends and family and, it is a terrible situation, but it was quite good being there and resting and being able to be with them. I have been cooking every day and I am getting really good at this. I started learning the piano a bit before this situation but now it is a good time to practice because I have plenty of time and I started reading, I like to read and write a lot. You have to try to find things to do to spend your time

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s international team-mate Bernardo Silva also spoke highly of the former Manchester United superstar] I think what makes him so great is his mentality. He is 35 years old and it has been more than 15 years that he has played at the top level and he is not tired. He always wants more. He wants to win more Champions Leagues, he wants to win more titles with Portugal, he wants to win more leagues, more individual trophies, he wants more goals. I think what is annoying about him, in a way, is that in a training session, you play a game, and it is 1-1. The manager says whoever scores wins, and it is always him. It is not only in the games

When a game is stuck and you don’t know if you’re going to win or not, you know that if you give him the ball, he is the guy who decides; something special might happen when he has the ball. Even in the training session it is kind of annoying because it is always him that scores the most important goals! I think that is what makes him special, being there in the most important moments

2020 05 16b Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva paid tribute to Pep Guardiola] Personally, I have learned a lot not only from him, but all my team-mates, since I arrived at Manchester City. He is one of the best managers ever. It is great to have him with us

I know my team-mates, the influence that he has since he arrived at Manchester City is huge. You could see it with the results, with the titles in the last three seasons. Since I have arrived, we have won plenty of trophies. It is not just that, it is the way we play. We think that we make our fans enjoy the way we play – offensive football, creating chances, scoring goals, [playing] attractive football

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Bernardo Silva admits Replacing Ronaldo is impossible, nobody can do it] Taking Cristiano’s place is impossible. Nobody is going to do that. I’m going to try and always keep improving so I can do the best I can for Portugal and my club – helping my country and team to win everything possible

Kun is goals. There’s nothing more to say about him. He hits it so hard. If you give him a bad ball, he hits it well. It’s so good to have a player who scores so easily. That’s why he’s the player with most goals in City’s history and I think he’s close to the record for the Premier League. If he carries on like this he’ll get there.

[Silva gets to work with on a regular basis at present is namesake David Silva] He’s got a lot of football left in him. With David’s style of play he can play as long as he wants. He’s really smart, he always makes the right choices and he’s physically in great shape. He can play for as long as he wants

2020 05 22b Retrieve

[Manchester City star Bernardo Silva warned Real Madrid could not be written off despite his side’s strong position in the Champions League last-16 tie] You can’t write any team off, far less Madrid who have won 13 European Cups. No one else has the experience Madrid’s players have in this competition, so we can’t think we’ve already beaten them. It’s all very open. When you play a side like Madrid nothing is ever certain. We’ve seen a lot of ties in the last few years get turned around. Look at Barca last year, beating Liverpool 3-0 and then losing 4-0. You never know. It’s a good result and we’re in a great position to go through to the quarter-finals. It’s a tough match and we’ll need to play well and maintain our concentration

In the last three years we’ve won everything in England, last season we won all four English titles, this year we’ve won the Super Cup and the League Cup, we’re still in the FA Cup and we want to win that. But the Champions League is the title the club, the players and Pep in England want to win. We know it’s a tough tournament, but we’ll fight for it.

[Silva recently described Guardiola as one of the best managers ever] I know my team-mates, the influence that he has since he arrived at Manchester City is huge. You could see it with the results, with the titles in the last three seasons. Since I have arrived, we have won plenty of trophies. It is not just that, it is the way we play. We think that we make our fans enjoy the way we play – offensive football, creating chances, scoring goals, [playing] attractive football

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Man City star Bernardo Silva gives verdict on Ronaldo vs Messi debate] It will be something special and unique to tell my kids and grandkids I was able to give him some assists. He’s an example on and off the pitch. With Portugal, we train in the morning. In the afternoon everyone plays cards or PlayStation, but he goes to the gym. In the big moments, when you need him the most, he’s always there

[while the Messi v Ronaldo debate has now raged for over a decade] It’s a debate that’s not debatable. I think we need to feel privileged to be able to watch them at the same time together. They are two of the best players ever - if not the two best players ever.

It was an amazing feeling. When we played Manchester City [with Monaco in the Champions League], the atmosphere was amazing. After the game I was talking to my team-mates and we were saying: ‘Wow, the atmosphere in England is really good. One day I’d like to play there’. At the end of the season when they contacted me and said they wanted to buy me; it was a pleasure to join the club. So far, I’ve been very happy at the club - so it was a great choice. I’ve been lucky to play for a team like Manchester City. It’s a pleasure to be here with such amazing players and staff and be able to win so many trophies.