Thiago Silva: Becoming world champions “may open the door” to the Ballon d’Or
Thiago Silva believes he can win the 2014 Ballon d’Or, if Brazil are victorious at next summer’s World Cup.
The Seleção captain is the only centre-back nominated for the 2013 edition. Silva hopes to emulate Fabio Cannavaro, who won the 2006 Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year - the two have now merged - after captaining Italy to the World Cup in the same year. He was the last defender to be honoured.
“If we become world champions it may open the door to this award, although I think it would be difficult,” Silva told FIFA.com.
“Every ten years a centre-back may win it once. You never know what tomorrow brings, but I realise it’s very tough.
“What I’m thinking about is playing well to provide my team with a solid foundation to win games. What I’m thinking about is winning the World Cup. If this puts me among the best again, I’ll be very happy.”