Gilberto Aparecido da Silva is a Brazilian former professional footballer. Born and raised in poverty in the Brazilian municipality of Lagoa da Prata, Gilberto joined the youth academy at local club América Mineiro, where he made his senior debut as a centre-back in 1998. After starring the following season, where he helped gain the club promotion into the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, he joined city rivals Atlético Mineiro. During his time at Atlético, Gilberto transitioned into a defensive midfielder under head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, and flourished in his new role, gaining a call-up to the Brazilian national team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he featured prominently as his country won the tournament. As a result of his World Cup performances, Gilberto garnered a move to the Premier League to sign for Arsenal that summer for a fee of £4.5 million.
About Gilberto Silva
Brazilian defender who played for Arsenal from 2002 to 2008 and joined Atletico Mineiro in 2013. He spent nearly a decade on the Brazilian national team from 2001 to 2010.
He started playing soccer when he was 12 years old.
He was given the nickname The Invisible Wall.
He grew up with three sisters.
He was teammates with Ronaldinho on the Brazilian national team from 2001 to 2010.
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- Copa América-winning players
- FIFA World Cup-winning players
- Clube Atlético Mineiro players
- Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense players