Daniel Alves

Daniel Alves

Daniel Alves da Silva (born 6 May 1983), better known by his nickname Dani Alves, is a Brazilian footballer who plays right back for La Liga club Barcelona and the Brazil national team. Alves is the most decorated player in football history, with 43 senior trophies.

Alves was born to a farmer father, Domingos Alves da Silva, in Juazeiro, in the Brazilian state of Bahia. With the kids from the neighbourhood, he played football. Alves’ father was also a football fan who organized his own team. Alves began his career as a winger when he was six years old, but his father moved him to right back due to his lack of goals, a position he still holds. In his younger years, Alves worked as a farmer and trader.

Alves won two UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey with Sevilla before joining Barcelona in 2008. He was the third-most expensive defender of all time when he joined Barcelona at €32.5 million. In his first season with the club, he won the treble, followed by the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup in the following season. In the years that followed, he also helped the team win two more Supercopa de Espana crowns, five La Liga wins, and two UEFA Champions League titles. Alves was signed on a free transfer by Juventus in 2016.

Alves joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in 2017, winning the domestic treble in his first season and a league title the following season. In 2019, he returned to his native Brazil and joined So Paulo. Alves earned his first trophy with the club two years later, winning the Campeonato Paulista. In the year 2021, he returned to Barcelona.

Alves has been a full international for Brazil since 2006, appearing in two FIFA World Cups and five Copa América tournaments, winning the latter in 2007 and 2019, as well as the 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cups.

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