Chelsea overcame Palmeiras 2-1 to win the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, with Thiago Silva awarded man of the match.
Despite giving up the penalty that allowed Palmeiras to draw level in the second half, the Brazilian was awarded the Golden Ball, which is awarded to the greatest player on the field.
After a long throw caused panic among Chelsea’s defenders, Silva handled the ball as he attempted to attack Gustavo Gomez after 62 minutes.
Referee Scott Beath consulted VAR before pointing to the spot, and Raphael Veiga sent Edouard Mendy the wrong way to equalize Romelu Lukaku’s early goal.
Silva’s error did not cost Chelsea the game, as Kai Havertz, who had scored the game-winning goal in last season’s Champions League final, struck a penalty with three minutes left in extra time to give Chelsea the victory.
Nonetheless, some spectators were perplexed by Silva’s selection as man of the match after giving up a penalty earlier in the game.
Apart from the penalty incident, the 37-year-old was at his imperious best for the Blues on Saturday, winning player of the tournament honors.
Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 after winning 25 major trophies in 12 seasons in European football with AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.