Over the past 10 years, Silva's majesty on the pitch and humility off it has earned him the unequivocal status of City and Premier League legend.
And he replied with typical modesty when asked how he would like to be remembered.
“As a good guy," said Silva. “As a good guy that enjoys football. I hope the people enjoyed my football as well.
“I've always tried to do my absolute best, to always behave well and I've tried to work very hard, too.
“On the pitch I try to have fun, knowing I'm at an age now where I'm going to play less and less.
“I try to enjoy myself and work hard right until the end of the game. I think that with hard work, you can play for a long time at a good level."
Four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups are testimony to Silva's glittering success at City.
“It was a change in country, league, language and everything was quite tough," recalled Silva.
“But my team-mates welcomed me, really looked after me and after a few months I settled in.
“When I arrived after the World Cup, I wasn't in my best physical shape, but slowly but surely I got up to speed.
“They had told us that we had a project and it was to win trophies. Then, in my first year, we won the FA Cup.
“The rest is history – we made it happen."