Bernardo Silva has proven to be one of Manchester City‘s best signings of the Premier League era.
The Portugal international was snapped by from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to become one of the world’s finest.
Capable of playing as a central midfielder, playmaker or winger, Silva – who is aptly nicknamed ‘bubblegum’ thanks to his outstanding close control – really is the perfect modern day footballer.
He works harder than anyone else, helps dictate the tempo of games, create chances aplenty for his teammates and scores important goals.
In 251 appearances, Silva has bagged 48 goals and assisted a further 50, which is a pretty impressive return.
As well as being a world-class player, Silva is a bit of a character and provided us with a brilliant moment during the 2017/18 season.
Guardiola told his star-studded squad: “Tomorrow I invite you. Tomorrow. Because you have to rest in the evening. With your families, switch on the TV and see Crystal Palace-Arsenal.”
The City boss asks a lot from his players and Silva, who’d only been in England a few months at the time, clearly couldn’t quite believe such a request had been made.
Video: Silva’s reaction when Guardiola gave City players homework
Not Pep giving the lads homework…— City Chief (@City_Chief) January 3, 2022
Silva’s face was an absolute picture, a moment of realisation that his footballing life was going to be very, very different under Guardiola’s rule.
Either that or he had other big plans that had been disrupted by his manager’s request…
At least the City players were treated to a thrilling match between Arsenal and Palace for their homework assignment, though.
The Gunners beat their London rivals 3-2 away from home thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and a brace from Alexis Sanchez.
Sadly, Guardiola’s men clearly didn’t learn too much from the game, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Palace at Selhurst Park a few days later.
But City fans and players will not care one bit about their result, as they went on to win the 2017/18 Premier League in outrageous fashion, finishing with 100 points in total.
They remain the only ‘centurions’ since the English top-flight was rebranded in 1992/93…