Patrick Vieira: 'David Silva a true leader'

David Silva of Manchester City celebrates after he scores the first goal of the game for his side during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at the KC Stadium on March 15, 2014
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Manchester City midfielder David Silva is a 'true leader', according to former Citizens' player Patrick Vieira.

Former Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has described David Silva as a 'true leader' who ranks alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best in the world.

The 28-year-old Spanish international played his part in the Citizens' 2-0 victory over Hull City last weekend, scoring the opening goal just minutes after captain Vincent Kompany was dismissed.

Vieira, who has now taken up the role of elite development squad manager at the club, believes that Silva is the type of player City need if they are to win the Premier League title.

"Since he joined the football club, I don't think we have really said enough how good he is," Vieira is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News. "He is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about it. For me he is up there.

"When you talk about Messi and Ronaldo, yes they are fantastic, but David can be put in the same category of players who could play in any team around the world. His football brain, his ability to control the ball and play football, is unbelievable. I am a huge fan.

"When the team is struggling, that is when the leaders come out, and David showed he is a leader. He may be very quiet but when he is on the field, he takes the responsibility, and that is the kind of leader you need in your team."

Silva has made 32 appearances for City this season.

David Silva of Manchester City celebrates after he scores the first goal of the game for his side during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at the KC Stadium on March 15, 2014
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