How Dani Alves Became The Most Decorated Footballer In History
The most decorated footballer of all-time extended his trophy tally with a gargantuan 42nd piece of silverware this summer.
Dani Alves, the peerless right-back, held aloft the 2019 Copa America trophy with the Brazil national team.
The man has gone from his roots in Brazil, to Spain, to Italy, and then to France at club level and has conquered in each nation; from winning his first trophy, the Campeonato Baiano with hometown club Bahia in his native country, to his most recent league success with French goliath Paris Saint-Germain.
The one thing that’s unfortunately missing from his CV is the World Cup. Alves was granted his national team debut in October 2006 by ‘94 World Cup hero Dunga, but failed to win the trophy in his two appearances in the tournament in 2010 and 2014 (being ruled out with a knee injury for the most recent competition).
He ranks fifth on the Brazil all-time appearance makers list and now has two Copa America victories to his name; doubled with victory over Peru at the Estadio do Maracana on July 7, the first coming in his debut campaign in 2007;
The 36-year-old, currently without a club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain after two years upon the conclusion of the 18/19 Ligue 1 season, was simply sensational in helping the Canarinho reach their first Copa Argentina final in 12 years and four tournaments, as Brazil marched 2-0 past Argentina.
Here’s a breakdown of some of his most prized possessions in his unequalled assemblage.
Brazil versus Peru kicks off on July 7 at 21:00 (GMT).
0 - World Cups
2 - Copa Americas
2 - Ligue 1 titles with PSG
3 - Champions Leagues (all with Barcelona)
4 - UEFA Super Cups
5 - Copa del Reys
6 - La Liga titles between 2008 and 2016
36 - years old. The man just won’t stop going!
50 - career goals
154 - career assists
727 - total career appearances
2001 - The year he made his senior debut as a professional footballer
2006 - The year of his first call-up to the Brazil national set-up
30,000,000 - The total amount in £ it cost Barcelona to prize him from La Liga rivals Sevilla in 2008. He won the continental treble in his first season.
And here’s how Alves ranks compares to some of the other supremely decorated talents in the upper echelons of the beautiful game;
42 - Dani Alves
37 - Andres Iniesta
37 - Maxwell
36 - Oleksandr Shovkovskiy
35 - Ryan Giggs
35 - Vitor Baia
34 - Lionel Messi
34 - Gerard Pique
33 - Xavi
33 - Julio Cesar
31 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic