Giuseppe Signori was a fast, left footed striker, who was a prolific goalscorer, due to his powerful, accurate shot. During the early part of his career he was used as a left winger or as a second striker, where his technique, accurate crossing, passing, and pace were put to good use. He was also an accurate set piece and penalty-kick taker, and was notable due to his tendency to take set pieces and penalties without taking a run-up. In addition to his goalscoring and ability as a footballer, he was also known for his leadership. Silva is a supporter of Benfica. His English has been described as “perfect” by the media, partly as a result of his parents sending him to an English-speaking school in Lisbon when he was six years old. Silva is a cousin of Matilde Fidalgo. Both were born in 1994 and they also share the same grandparents and play internationally for the Portugal national team.
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In 2013, Silva represented Portugal at the 2013 European Under-19 Championship, reaching the semi-finals. For his performances, Silva was named among the top 10 talents under the age of 19 in Europe by a selection of UEFA reporters. On 31 March 2015, he made his senior debut for Portugal, starting in a 0–2 friendly defeat to Cape Verde in Estoril. On 27 June 2015, he scored Portugal U21s’ first goal in a 5–0 win against Germany U21 in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in Czech Republic. He was left out of the Portugal squad for the finals of Euro 2016 due to injury. Silva was selected for the Portugal squad for the 2017 Confederations Cup which was hosted in Russia. He scored the second goal of the match in the group stage of the tournament, a 4-0 win over New Zealand. The national team reached the semi-finals before losing out to Chile in a penalty shootout after a 0–0 draw at the end of regulation time. Silva missed the third place play-off in which Portugal defeated Mexico 2–1 after extra time. Silva was named in Portugal’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He featured in all 4 matches with Portugal, but was knocked out of the tournament after a 1-2 loss to Uruguay. Silva was selected for three matches in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League group stage, scoring a goal in a 3-2 victory against Poland.