PARIS (AFP) – Brazilian captain Thiago Silva of Paris Saint-Germain obtained French citizenship, he announced on Twitter Friday (March 15).
The 34-year-old's decision means that the PSG has more space in its team for a non-EU player.
Silva has played 274 games since he joined the current Ligue 1 champions in 2012 and has 77 appearances in Brazil.
"Today I, my wife @ Belle-Silva and my children Isago and Iago have become French citizens, it is a very happy day for us because we have been in Paris for six and a half years and we really feel at home," he said.
"Thanks to France, a country that has welcomed us so much where we experienced some unforgettable moments, Vive la France", he added.