It’s not exactly normal for a right-back to wear the number 10 jersey but Dani Alves has never been remotely normal.
Now playing his club football with São Paulo, Alves boasts a personal medal collection that would make even Lionel Messi gasp and he’s not finished yet. 42 trophies for club & country, 100 assists in a Barcelona shirt & 10+ assists in five separate LaLiga campaigns mean that he has to be included in the conversation around the best fullbacks ever to play the beautiful game.
He's won league titles in Spain, Italy and France, three Champions League crowns with Barcelona and four major honours for the famous Brazil National Team.
Happy 38th birthday to one of the greatest and most creative defenders the world has ever seen:
Although it's not as though he was bad at defending either:
Alves' hunt for trophies isn't over just yet. The legendary 38-year-old will lead Brazil's U23s out in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal match on Saturday against Spain. The skipper will be desperate to win one of the few honours still to elude him in a glittering career.
We wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see him lift a few more honours in Brazil as the sun goes down on his astonishing career but, first things first, it's all about winning gold in Japan.
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