Brazil’s coaching staff have reportedly been stunned by Thiago Silva’s fitness amongst other aspects of his game.

According to ESPN, Tite and his team have been ‘amazed’ by the Chelsea defender’s capacity to constantly defy his age.

Once described by Thomas Tuchel as the ‘Benjamin Button of football’, Silva has sped up where others slow down at this point in their careers.

Silva is fit as a fiddle

At 38-years of age, the centre-back typically should already be resting his feet somewhere on a sunny beach.

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But ‘Benjamin Button’ is no normal footballer.

Although his legs have clearly began to fade, the Brazilian’s mind is sharp, his sporting intelligence razer like.

ESPN also claim the Brazil staff have also been wowed by his ‘ability to read the game’, the ‘capacity to cover ground’ and his positioning to ensure ‘sprints are rarely necessary’.

He remains one of Chelsea’s most important components, despite being the most senior member of Graham Potter’s squad.

The same sentiment can almost be said for the Brazilian national side, with Dani Alves pitting him for elder-ness by 12 months.

World Cup whirlwind

Silva is set to embark on his third World Cup this winter, having participated in 2014 and 2018.

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Both of the previous competitions ended largely in disappointment.

Memories of the 7-1 demolition dished out by Germany will never be forgotten, whilst the quarter-final exit in Russia was not exactly memorable.

But with Brazil currently first in FIFA Men’s rankings, Silva and co. must be more confident for Qatar this time around.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."