"The Magician" David Silva will be potentially Spain's deadliest asset in the 2014 World Cup, the versatile winger having terrorised defenders in the Premier League since 2010 with Manchester City. Silva's trickery will be a game-changing part of Spain's matches, and his midfield role places him with longer betting odds to profit from which will make him one of the side's strongest betting tips to place in individual goalscorer markets, including an outright golden boot contender.
Modeling his style of play on footballing idol, Michael Laudrup, Silva began playing football as a winger in the youth team of UD San Fernando after briefly playing as a goalkeeper, becoming a product of Valencia CF's youth system before making his professional debut in 2004/05 after a spell with the B team.
Loaned out to SD Eibar and Celta de Vigo, he scored five times for the former and four for the latter before returning to Valencia between 2006 and 2010. Silva has made a total of 155 Valencia showings and scored 29 times in that period, also clinching the 2007/08 Copa del Rey.
His move to the Premier League with Manchester City came in 2010, scoring his first goal in a Europa League group match against Red Bull Salzburg. He soon blossomed into one of the side's most influential players from 2011, helping the squad to two Premier League titles, the 2010/11 FA Cup, 2012 FA Community Shield and the 2014 Football League Cup.
Silva ended the 2013/14 Premier League season in fine style, helping Manchester City in a late surge towards claiming the title to sit on a total of 27 goals from 179 appearances since 2010. During that time, his contribution warranted a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for his work in the Manchester club's maiden league title in 2011/12.
The Spaniard's international career stretches back to his senior debut in 2006, scoring his first two goals the following year against Greece. Silva was called up for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament and scored against Russia in a 3-0 triumph for Spain, and also appeared at the 2010 World Cup despite making only two appearances.
His international career has since demonstrated the danger of Silva, scoring 28 times in 79 showings for Spain. Silva appeared in seven 2014 World Cup qualification games, and famously scored twice in Euro 2012 including the opener during the 4-0 win over Italy in the final.
David Silva World Cup betting tips
Silva's playmaking quality has seemingly improved each season with Manchester City in the previous handful of years, the form he showed during the brace of title-winning seasons arguably making him one of Spain's best World Cup betting tips for individual goalscorer markets thanks to longer odds than those carried by strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa.