Adrien Silva

Adrien Silva
Adrien Silva (cropped).jpg
Silva playing for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Angoulême, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Leicester City)
Number 15
Youth career
1999–2000 Bordeaux
2000–2002 ARC Paçô
2002–2007 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2018 Sporting CP 168 (32)
2010 Maccabi Haifa (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Académica (loan) 34 (5)
2018– Leicester City 14 (0)
2019– Monaco (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2004 Portugal U16 3 (0)
2005–2006 Portugal U17 17 (0)
2006–2007 Portugal U18 6 (2)
2007–2008 Portugal U19 7 (1)
2009–2010 Portugal U21 13 (1)
2014– Portugal 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018

Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva (born 15 March 1989), known as Adrien Silva,[3] is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Monaco, on loan from Leicester City, and the Portugal national team. A central midfielder, he is known for his dribbling and passing skills.[4]

He began his career with Sporting, making his first-team debut at the age of 18. In ten years with the club he played 237 games and scored 39 goals, and won the 2008 and 2015 Taça de Portugal trophies. He had loan spells with Maccabi Haifa and Académica, where he won the Taça de Portugal again. In 2018 he moved to Leicester, and joined Monaco on loan in January 2019.

Silva won 46 caps for Portugal at youth level, including 13 for the under-21 team. He made his senior debut in 2014 and played at Euro 2016, which Portugal won, and the 2018 World Cup.

Club career

Early years

Silva was born in Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, France, to a Portuguese father and a French mother.[5] He began his football career at the age of 10 with FC Girondins de Bordeaux, but after one year there his father, who worked in aeronautics, returned to Portugal and the family settled in Arcos de Valdevez.[6] Silva spent two seasons with local Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Paçô, who later began to host a tournament in his honour, the A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva Tournament, held every June.[7]

Silva then spent six years in Sporting's academy, and won four national and three regional championships.[8] At the age of 15 he was scouted by Chelsea, along with Portugal under-16 teammates Ricardo Fernandes and Fábio Ferreira, and the three players trained at the English club's facilities in January 2005. Sporting filed a complaint with FIFA that Chelsea had not followed the correct procedures,[5][9] and Silva stayed with Sporting, although Fernandes and Ferreira did later move to the London club.[10]


In March 2007, Silva signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a five-year deal with Sporting.[5] In July, after spending the final two months of the season playing with the reserve team, he was officially promoted to the main squad by manager Paulo Bento ahead of the upcoming campaign.[5] He made his Primeira Liga debut on 17 August, appearing as a late substitute in a 4–1 home win against Académica de Coimbra;[11] on 12 December, after appearing as an unused substitute in several league and European matches, he made his first professional start and Champions League debut in a 3–0 victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv.[12] Four days later he made his first start in the league, in a 2–1 win at C.S. Marítimo.[13]

Silva featured in both legs of Sporting's round of 32 win over Bolton Wanderers in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.[14][15] On 16 April he started in the 5–3 victory over Benfica in the semi-final of the Taça de Portugal, being replaced after only 35 minutes in what was the last of his 15 appearances of the season.[16]

As in his first year, Silva struggled for minutes in 2008–09. He played his first match on 22 November 2008 in a 1–0 league win over Associação Naval 1º de Maio, playing 16 minutes off the bench.[17] He made his first start in a 3–0 home win against Marítimo in the Taça da Liga,[18] and he also made Bento's starting XI three months later in the Lions' 1–7 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 second leg.[19] He made 19 appearances in all competitions, notably playing the full 90 minutes in home wins against C.F. Estrela da Amadora[20] and C.D. Nacional.[21]

Silva scored his first career goal in a 2009–10 UEFA Europa League group stage match against Hertha Berlin, the match-winner in a 1–0 win, when he also was sent off after collecting a second yellow card in injury time.[22] On 28 November 2009, in the Lisbon derby, which ended 0–0,[23] he made headlines in the Portuguese media because he covered the most distance of any Sporting player, having traveled over 10,049 metres (6.244 mi).[24] Coach Carlos Carvalhal started him in 13 of the team's next 15 matches, but he eventually fell out of favour, as Sporting went on to finish in only fourth place with 48 points, the club's worst points total since the 1992–93 campaign.

On 27 June 2010, it was announced that Silva would be joining Israeli side Maccabi Haifa F.C. on a season-long loan deal.[25] The move was facilitated by the player's agent Pini Zahavi, based in Tel Aviv.[26] He made his debut for his new team on 29 July, in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round tie against FC Dinamo Minsk;[27] he was rarely played in the Israeli Premier League, but was a regular in the campaign in the Toto Cup.

In January 2011, it was reported that Silva was considering going back to Portugal to regain match fitness. On the 16th, he spoke of his desire, telling daily sports newspaper A Bola: "Returning to Portugal is an option that I like a lot since I can be followed more closely. In Israel, I don't have great visibility";[28] Three days later, a six-month loan to Académica de Coimbra was confirmed.[29]

Silva found the net in his first appearance with the Students, who were defeated 1–2 away against S.C. Olhanense.[30] He was again used rarely, but now due to injury problems – he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a game with U.D. Leiria in March, which sidelined him for the rest of the season.[31]

On 5 July 2011, Sporting and Académica extended the loan for a further season.[32] On 26 September, completely recovered from his injury, Silva scored his first career brace in a 4–0 home win against C.D. Feirense;[33] on 19 November, in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup, he scored his team's second in a 3–0 shock triumph over Porto,[34] adding another double in the next round against Leixões SC (5–2 after extra time).[35] He played the full 90 minutes in the final against Sporting, a 1–0 win which saw the Coimbra side lift its first domestic cup in 73 years.[36]

After returning to Sporting, Silva was awarded the club's Player of the Year award on 28 November 2013.[37] He scored a career-best ten competitive goals in the 2014–15 season, while also helping the team reach and win the final of the Portuguese Cup.[38][39]

Leicester City

Silva (right) playing for Leicester City in an FA Cup match against Chelsea in March 2018

On 31 August 2017, Sporting agreed a £22 million fee for Silva to move to Leicester City, pending international clearance.[40] The documents relating to his transfer did not reach FIFA until 14 seconds after the deadline; thus, he remained ineligible to play for the club until the next transfer window.[41] In an interview with The Guardian in March 2018, Silva said it was "a very poor decision" by FIFA, despite his appeals, to uphold his ban.[42]

Silva was officially registered on 1 January 2018, and made his debut that same day as a late substitute in a 3–0 win at home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.[43] He was given the number 14 jersey, referring to his transfer difficulties.[44]

Silva struggled for game time under manager Claude Puel, having not started a league match since 10 August 2018.[45] He made only five appearances in all competitions, and was not included in the squad for a league match after 22 September.[46]

On 31 January 2019, Silva joined AS Monaco FC – coached by his compatriot Leonardo Jardim – on loan until June, with Youri Tielemans moving in the opposite direction.[47][48] He made his Ligue 1 debut on 2 February, playing 18 minutes in the 2–1 home victory over Toulouse FC after replacing compatriot Gelson Martins.[49]

International career


Silva contesting possession of the ball with Italy's Franco Vázquez in a June 2015 friendly

Though born in France, Silva elected to play for Portugal, and represented the country at every youth level. With the under-16s he appeared at the Tournoi du Val-de-Marne, featuring in all three group stage matches – however, after he was found to have done unauthorized training with Chelsea, he was suspended by the Portuguese Football Federation.[5] He played with the under-17 team as they attempted to qualify for the 2007 UEFA European Championship, being a regular as the side eventually fell short in the elite round.

On 30 January 2007, the Portuguese Federation announced that Silva would be participating in the 2007 Meridian Cup (for under-18 players) as the country's only representative,[50] and he declared that he was "very proud to represent Portugal in a European selection". However, prior to the start of the competition, he suffered an injury and was replaced by compatriot Romeu Ribeiro.[51]

Silva was limited to only seven appearances with the Portuguese under-19s, due to his increased involvement with Sporting's first team. He scored his first goal in the age group on 6 November 2007, in the first round of qualification for the 2008 European Championship against the Republic of Ireland;[52] despite a 2–1 victory, Portugal failed to progress past the elite stages.

On 5 February 2009, Silva earned his first call up to the under-21 team under coach Rui Caçador, for a friendly match with Switzerland that was played five days later.[53] He started and played 78 minutes, before being substituted in a 3–1 win.[54] He was a regular participant in the qualification campaign for the 2011 European Championships, appearing in five out of nine matches and scoring in a 1–1 draw with Macedonia.[55]


Silva was called up by new Portugal coach Fernando Santos for a friendly in France on 11 October 2014,[56] but did not play in the 1–2 defeat. He made his senior international debut in another friendly, replacing André Gomes midway through the second half of a 1–0 win over Argentina at Old Trafford on 18 November.[57]

Silva was selected for the Euro 2016 squad.[58] His first game in the tournament took place on 25 June, when he played the full 120 minutes in the round of 16 clash against Croatia, a 1–0 win after extra time.[59]

Having also been picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup,[60] Silva contributed with four appearances as Portugal finished third. He scored his first goal for his country on 2 July, a 104th-minute penalty to help defeat Mexico 2–1 in the third place play-off.[61]

Silva was selected for the 2018 World Cup.[62] He played in three games, and Portugal were knocked out by Uruguay in the second round.

Career statistics


As of 16 February 2019 [63] [64]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[nb 1] Europe Other[nb 2] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sporting 2007–08 Primeira Liga 6 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
2008–09 13 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 19 0
2009–10 13 0 7 0 4 1 0 0 24 1
2012–13 19 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 26 3
2013–14 28 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 33 9
2014–15 30 8 4 0 8 2 0 0 42 10
2015–16 29 8 3 1 8 0 1 0 41 9
2016–17 27 4 3 1 5 1 1 0 36 6
2017–18 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 168 32 32 3 34 4 1 0 235 39
Maccabi Haifa (loan) 2010–11 Israeli Premier League 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
Académica (loan) 2010–11 Primeira Liga 6 1 2 0 0 0 8 1
2011–12 28 4 9 3 0 0 37 7
Total 34 5 11 3 0 0 0 0 45 8
Leicester City 2017–18 Premier League 12 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
2018–19 Premier League 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Total 14 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Monaco (loan) 2018–19 Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 225 35 50 6 36 4 1 0 312 45


As of 30 June 2018 [65]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2014 1 0
2015 4 0
2016 10 0
2017 5 1
2018 6 0
Total 26 1

International goals

As of 2 July 2017. Score column indicates score after each Silva goal, Portugal score listed first. [65]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 July 2017 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia  Mexico 2–1 2–1 (a.e.t.) 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup




Maccabi Haifa