Manchester City are now 16 points ahead of 2nd placed side Manchester United - the Premier League record points gap between 1st and 2nd place at the end of a season is now 18 points by Manchester United in 1999-00.
Although team-mate Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah are thought to be the frontrunners, Silva's nomination and form are made all the more remarkable given the hard time he has had in his family life.
City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.
But Guardiola wants to see his team get back to where they were before their dip in form with three successive defeats in the last week.
'Aguero is injured, he was injured before the game [against Liverpool] but made a huge effort to help us, ' said Guardiola. Now on 87, they need just nine more points to break Chelsea's Premier League record set during the 2004-05 campaign.
Aguero had been out for a month prior to last week's Manchester derby, in which he emerged from the bench and appeared to be fouled by Manchester United's Ashley Young late on - only for referee Martin Atkinson to wave away penalty appeals.
Tottenham came out aggressively in the second half in search of the equalizer but instead Sterling gave the visitors an insurance goal in the 72nd minute when he pounced on a ball in the area after Lloris had stopped a shot by Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions this afternoon due to local rivals Manchester United losing to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford. "Real Madrid, years ago, lost six games in a row and didn't win the league".
It's for that reason that they beat their rivals again in this mini-league.
City defender Nicolas Otamendi was the unlikely match-winner early in the second half.
Despite the efforts of an industrious Wayne Rooney, United are frustrated. City's other two Premier League triumphs, in 2012 and '14, were sealed on the final day.
Ronaldo puts the hosts ahead 20 minutes in, before De Bruyne lobs Edwin van der Sar from forty yards before half-time.
And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier.
Guardiola's magic comes from a mix of relentless work on the training ground and intensive study of his opponents.
"For those of us brought up on those ideas, who have internalised them so deeply, it's like a religion", former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez told the Guardian newspaper of his old coach.
With that in mind, who would win this hypothetical division?