Bernando Silva is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Portugal national team.
City signed Bernardo Silva in July 2017 after he helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and a hugely impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Blessed with balance, guile, and great technique the Portuguese midfielder is a threat both centrally and out wide and earned the nickname ‘Bubblegum’ due to the manner in which the ball sticks to his feet on mazy dribbles.
Add to that a tireless work-rate and it’s easy to understand why Bernardo has been influential in his two years in Manchester, helping City win two Premier Leagues, two Carabao Cups, an FA Cup and the Community Shield.
His career began with Benfica, where he progressed from the B team, but found first-team opportunities limited, which led to a season-long loan at Monaco in 2013/14.
So impressive was he, that the Ligue 1 outfit made the deal permanent six months into the agreement and he flourished over the next three seasons.
A third-place finish and Champions League run to the quarter-finals in 2015/16 was eclipsed the following year when Bernardo provided 12 assists and scored 11 goals as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League last four.
His form earned him an international debut against Cape Verde in March.
He moved to City that summer and grew into his role in an impressive first season, netting nine times and adding 11 assists as he ended the campaign with a Premier League and Carabao Cup medal.
The 2018 World Cup followed, with Bernardo playing in all four games as Portugal reached the last 16.
His second season in Manchester proved even better on both a personal and team level. City swept all before them domestically and the 24-year-old was sensational throughout.
He recorded 13 goals and 14 assists in 51 appearances, winning Man of the Match in the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea and ending the campaign as the Club’s Player of the Season.
Early in 2019, he signed a contract extension that keeps at City until 2025.