A workhorse with incredible stamina, as well as tackling and leadership skills, he was best known for his spell with Deportivo. He amassed competitive totals of 458 games and one goal over 13 La Liga seasons, winning six major titles.
|Full name||Mauro da Silva Gomes|
|Date of birth||12 January 1968|
|Place of birth||São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1992–2005||Deportivo La Coruña||369||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Silva was born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. After starting playing with Guarani Futebol Clube he moved to Clube Atlético Bragantino in 1990, where he spent the following two seasons. Subsequently he was acquired up by Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, for 250 million pesetas (approximately €1.6 million), arriving at the same time as countryman Bebeto.
Silva was an everpresent fixture with the Galicians, only suspensions and injuries preventing him from being cast into the starting XI – in the 1994–95 campaign he only appeared in six La Liga matches and, already 36, was limited to 20 in his final year – as he helped them to one league, two cups and three supercups, adding to this the team's five participations in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the semi-finals in 2003–04: after a 0–0 away draw against FC Porto he missed the second leg due to suspension, and Depor lost 0–1.
On 22 May 2005, after 13 years with Deportivo, Silva was replaced by longtime understudy Aldo Duscher during a 0–3 home loss against RCD Mallorca, bidding farewell to the Estadio Riazor and football in the same match as another club legend, Fran. With Brazil he collected 59 caps in ten years, playing all the matches and minutes (except for the second half of the group stage match against Sweden) in the nation's victorious campaign at the 1994 FIFA World Cup; in that year, he was named by FIFA as the ninth best player in the world.