Rio Ferdinand: Brazil and PSG defender better than £20m Manchester United target

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand reiterates that Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Thiago Silva is the best centre-back in the world.

Rio Ferdinand has said it before and he has said it again: Thiago Silva is the best central defender in the world.

This time the former Manchester United star reiterated his opinion on social networking site Twitter while replying to one of his followers.

It is an interesting choice, but not one that you can argue against much.

Silva did not have exactly the best of times in his first spell in Europe, when he was on the books of first Porto and then Dynamo Moscow.

However, after impressive performances at Fluminense, the Brazil international moved to AC Milan in 2009, and before long he established himself as the best centre-back in the world.

The Brazil international is a ball-playing central defender who can also move forward and help in attack. A leader at the back, Silva is quick, strong in the air, tactically superb and a brilliant reader of the game.

Silva is the most complete central defender in the world at the moment and is worth every penny that Paris Saint-Germain paid Milan to sign him in the summer of 2012.

The 29-year-old is having a brilliant World Cup in his home country, but will miss Brazil’s semi-final tie against Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday due to suspension.

Interestingly, Ferdinand rates Silva more than Mats Hummels, who is also having a very good World Cup campaign for Germany in Brazil.

  GoalsClean SheetOutfielder BlockAccurate PassDuel WonInterception WonInterceptions In BoxTouchesAppsMins
Mats Hummels 2 2 4 191 23 7 3 277 4 343
Thiago Silva 1 1 8 196 24 7 1 303 5 480

The former Leeds United star recently praised the 25-year-old centre-back, who is reportedly a £20 million transfer target for Manchester United this summer (click here to read more)

However, despite the former Bayern Munich defender’s impressive performance in Brazil, Ferdinand believes that Silva is better than him ‘by a long way’.

Let’s not forget Kompany, who had a good World Cup campaign as well, leading Belgium to the quarter-finals where they went down 1-0 to Argentina.

The 28-year-old is a brilliant centre-back and probably the best in the Premier League. But when it comes to world football, there are better defenders than him. Like Silva...

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