LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius best known by the Nickname; ‘Merlin‘. Our David Silva Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time till date.
The analysis of the Man City Legend involves his life story before fame, family life and many OFF and ON-Pitch little known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about his abilities but few consider David Silva Biography which is quite interesting. Now without further adieu, let us begin.
David Silva Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
David Josua Jimanez Silva was born on the 8th day of January 1986 in Arguineguín, Spain by his Japanese mother, Eva Silva (a housewife) and father, Fernando Jiménez (a former police officer and footballer).
The playmaker had a humble childhood start in ever loving Spanish village of Arguineguin which is known for large scale fishing.
He learned to play football by first, jumping off his court, leaving his little brother behind and then going to find fruits to kick around as his own football.
As his grandmother, Antonia Montesdeoca puts it more succinctly in her words…
“Little David played with potatoes and oranges in front of the house when he was two. Sometimes I chucked him out of the passageway because he was driving me mad by always shouting football, football, football.
Because of that, I started making for him balls from rags just to avoid him going outside to kick fruits.”
David Silva Biography – Starting the Dream:
Ideally, his footballing dreams started at the tender age of 3, that moment when his parents decided to buy him a ball which finally made him get rid of fruit kicking.
At this time, his legs were strong enough to fit football boots and his body sizable enough to fit his jersey and shots. The photo below, shows him getting distracted as he tries to take a left-footed shot at the post.
In fact, David’s determination was evident early on. However, the unfortunate once happened.
When he was still a little boy. A ball hit him and broke his arm. Despite his injury, he still carried on with kicking football even though he had to wear a plaster cast. This was when both parents and loved ones decided he must start a football career after healing from his injury.
David Silva Bio – Career in Summary:
David Silva’s football career started officially when he was 8 and began playing in a team called San Fernando, in Maspalomas (Canary Islands, Spain). His parents endured the difficulty of travelling with him to Maspalomas which is far from his hometown.
According to David, “I had to travel there regularly, as there were no Under-10s teams in Arguinenguín, my home town and birth place.
I wanted so much to play that my dad almost felt forced to put me down for San Fernando. Later I was able to join my hometown team, where I spent some very great years and where I learnt so much.”
Originally, he played as a goalkeeper, before converting into a winger. David was always pictured in a happy with his little brother, Nando Jimenez Silva after his San Fernando training. Little Nando loved watching his big brother on the pitch and would always stay close to him.
David Silva spent the whole of 1995 to the year 2000 playing for San Fernando.
In an interview, he said… “I played there until I became 14. This was a time Valencia came to sign me up. I was a bit surprised at the beginning, but I accepted their offer and joined the junior players’ division of the Valencia team”
It is pertinent to note that David Silva joined Valencia following a rejection by Real Madrid for being too small.
Playing for Valencia involved a change of residence and of environment. It was hard at the beginning for young David Silva. But after a few months, he began to get used to things and made some very good friends.
From the football point of view, the change was enormous and thanks to the Valencia coaches who helped him to evolve in the game.
He stayed in Valencia’s youth set-up until he was 17. After the deal was made the footballer was first sent to a reserve team. He played better despite not having a great physique.
From the age of 20, Silva was a regular in the Valencia team, netting 21 times, before joining Man City for £26million.
In a reflective mood, David once remembered…: “It was very hard leaving home so small and losing your friends, your family and your home environment. I left everything for football and knew I had to go for it. Today I’m here and I believe that things have gone well.”
The rest, as they often say, is now history.
David Silva Family Life:
First of all, it is worthy of remembering the fact that David Silva comes from a very humble family background.
FATHER: David Silva’s father, Fernando Jiménez pictured far left in the picture was a former municipal police officer who later became responsible for the safety of the Valencia CF stadium. He got this stadium security job after quitting his former job as a police officer.
Perhaps, many have indeed asked the question “Why working while his son’s has so much monies??”
The truth is…David Silva has often pleaded with his father to give up working because he could support him including the rest of the family himself. But his father insisted he wanted to carry on being useful.
Eventually, another job came calling again. Fernando left his security job with Valencia and became a politician (a Councillor) to his home village.
He had superb sports facilities built, including a football pitch and a covered swimming pool.
More so, Fernando played football for the local semi-professional club Santa Agueda and sometimes allowed his son David to play up front for them if players were missing. According to him: “When I was a player I never worked as hard on the pitch as my son does.”
MOTHER: David Silva’s mother, Eva Silva Eva, is of Japanese descent. She has lived all her life as a full-time house wife who has been instrumental in her good meals. Below is a picture of her and the boys.
David Silva spent a great time with his Family after winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
BROTHER: Nando Jimenez Silva is the only brother to David Silva. Both are look-alike.
SISTER: Natalia Jimenez Silva is David Silva’s sister. She used to move and live with him when he became homesick in his early career days. Below is a picture of her and her son showing support for David Silva.
GRANDPARENTS: Below are the Grandparents of David Silva.
His proud grandmother recalled: “David’s first years into professional football were hard. He tried to sound strong but we his grannies can’t be easily deceived. When he called
us on the phone, we could sense he was sad. We are glad he has adapted and is now a happy man”
David has always shown plenty of affection for his grandmother.
A smiling Antonia said: “He comes into my house seven times and gives me seven kisses — the same each time he leaves.”
David Silva Relationship Life:
Silva is extremely private about this relationship, even in the press also nobody knows David Silva Girlfriend.
Silva’s grandmother revealed the relationship when she was speaking to the Sun Newspaper.
According to her; “David Silva has a beautiful girlfriend who hails from Arguineguin, Spain. He has known her since the age of four and she has been with him through out his childhood to date. Her name is Melanie.
She prefers staying in Madrid to study than following her man to England. This explains the reason why my grandson travels to Spain a lot.”
Silva’s grandmother and Melanie are very close. Below is Silva and Melanie back then in 2014 as they go shop for an engagement ring.
According to sources, David Silva got married to Melanie in the year 2014. It was a private marriage as Melanie demanded that the media should not be invited and no photos taken. This, David respected.
David Silva LifeStyle:
Unlike some of his other Premier League players, you won’t see him out in flash cars or falling out of nightclubs. He prefers hanging out in open daylight with close friends.
A source once said; “He’s got money to buy himself a house and be independent but he loves his family, who cook the food he likes so much.”
David has now got used to being away from home and has warmed to the North West of England, despite the rain.
His former team mate Fernando and friend once said: “He’s happy at Manchester City, with life in Manchester and with life in England. What he finds a bit hard is the climate. He comes from the Canary Islands, where it’s always sunny.”
David Silva Untold Biography Facts – Once a Victim of Fraud:
A fraudster who stole £120,000 from Premier League footballer David Silva by taregtting his bank account and cloning his ATM card.
Reuben the thief started out as an unknown caller pretended to be Silva in telephone contact with his bank, passing identity verification controls, before ordering a replacement card and a pin reminder.
The card and the reminder were sent to Silva’s home – but somehow he intercepted it.
Mr Greenald the man who delivered the card said: ‘He purported to be Mr Silva, he signed the new card that had been sent out and identified himself as Mr Silva. Mr Reuben was wearing a cap, but apart from that there was no other attempt at disguise.’
Jonathan Reuben, 56, was arrested as he later posed as Spain international Silva, who is 31 (This happened in February 2017) wearing just a cap as a disguise to withdraw over £20,000 in cash from banks in Greater Manchester.
After his arrest, Reuben – also known as Jonathon Davies – claimed he didn’t feel bad about targeting David Silva because ‘He could afford it’. Fortunately, Midfielder Silva was reimbursed by his bank.
Sentencing, Judge Patrick Field QC told Reuben the thief: “Simply because Mr Silva is a wealthy individual does not provide you or anyone else with an excuse for stealing from him”. Jonathan Reuben the scammer and thief were sentenced to two years behind bars.
Once Rumored to be a Machete Fighter:
David Silva might be a deadly player on the pitch, but there was once a rumour existing that he is also a skilled Machete fighter. This partly because of his Japanese Asian roots.
Upon hearing the rumours, David Silva quickly debunked the facts by having a quick press briefing on the subject matter. Since then, the rumour has been proven to be false. Many Premier League defenders were pleased to know the rumour was untrue.
David Silva Bio – Why his Nickname?
His composure on the ball, as well as his vision, passing accuracy, ability to read the game, pick a pass, and control the tempo of his team’s play, have seen him become one of the best players in the world in his position.
These qualities were what earned him the nickname ‘Merlin’.
David Silva Untold Biography Facts – He once lost someone special:
Silva quietly uses his talents to honour a tragic family member. Every time the Spanish midfielder scores he dedicates his goal to a cousin who died from cancer aged five when he was 15.
He blows kisses to the sky or plants them on his arm in memory of Cynthia Vega Jimenez, the daughter of his father’s sister Loli.
David Silva Facts – Very Light Weighted:
Once upon a time, There was a suggestions that the Silver’s comparatively small stature meant that he would experience trouble dealing with the physical style of the Premier League.
Ideally, David Silva weighs 67 kg which makes him a very light weight footballer.
Despite his small stature, Silva has adapted to the physical demands of the English game. He has shown Life great technical ability, allied to the right mentality which has overcome many brute forces.
In the words of Pep Guardiola, “Normally the qualities people talk about to play here is physical strength, height and speed and Silva can be a bit out of that idea.”