Happy Birthday: Thiago Silva, Emmanuel Petit, Carlos Correa

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(Clockwise): Carlos Correa, Emmanuel Petit and Thiago Silva.

The word Brazil conjures up images of stellar forwards Ronaldo, Neymar, Rivaldo, Pele and Socrates. However, this doesn’t discount the fact the South Americans have produced excellent defensive talent over the years.

Thiago Silva, 32 today, is one of the most highly rated defenders in the world. With Fluminense, it was difficult to exclude the Rio native due to his intelligence and workrate on and off the ball.

In 2009, he signed for AC Milan and established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe, winning Serie A and Super Coppa titles with the Rossoneri in 2010 and 2011.

Three years later, Milan sold the Brazilian to PSG for €42m, thereby occupying the spot as second most expensive defender in history, just behind Rio Ferdinand.

With Le Parisiens, he amassed numerous pieces of silverware including four consecutive Ligue Unes, three Coupes de la Ligue and the Coupe de France.

On the international stage, the centreback captained Brazil to 2013 Confederation Cup glory before finishing fourth in the World Cup the following year.

More sports stars born on this day:

1970: Emmanuel Petit, French midfielder who played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and his national side (45).

1992: Daniela Ospina, Colombian volleyball player who features for VP Madrid. Sister to Arsenal goalkeeper and wife to James Rodriguez (24).

1994: Carlos Correa, Puerto Rican shortstop named 2015 Rookie of the Year after hitting .279 with 22 home runs (22).

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From Bobby George to Chris Gayle: Top 10 blinged-up athletes

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Bling bling: Neymar, Bobby George, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine.

Sporting success can provide young athletes with a great lifestyle, but it cannot always buy taste.

With money comes a tendency in many cases to be flash with their wealth and, for some, that is a desire to cover themselves in shiny jewellery even when performing.

But who are the top 10 most blinged-up athletes of all time?

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Happy Birthday: Chris Gayle, Doug Baldwin, Grant Fuhr

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(Clockwise): Grant Fuhr, Doug Baldwin and Chris Gayle.

One of the most feared batsmen in the world, bowlers tremble with fear whenever he steps to the crease.

The Jamaican cricketer, who turns 37 today, has left his mark on the sport by clubbing record after record in all formats of the game. While he becomes more dangerous with fewer overs, he’s still been explosive in Tests, where he’s one of only four players in history to have two triple centuries.

In ODIs, he’s one of just five players to score a double century, including a then-record 215 in the 2015 World Cup. In perhaps his best format, T20s, Gayle set the highest score with 175 not out, reaching the century mark in just 30 balls. He’s captained the West Indies Test side, plays domestic cricket for Jamaica and represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Simply put, there are few who smash the ball better.

More sport celebrity birthdays on this day:

1962: Grant Fuhr, retired Canadian NHL goaltender who won five Stanley Cups and was a seven-time All-Star (54).

1978: Doug Howlett, former New Zealand rugby union player and the highest try scorer in All Black history (38).

1979: Richard Dunne, Irish retired footballer who is tied for the most Premier League send offs with eight (37).

1988: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVIII champion (28).

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