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Daniel Alves Bio

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FULL NAMEDaniel Alves da Silva
BORNMay 6, 1983
HEIGHT5 ft 7.5 in (1.72 m)
NATIONALITYBrazil
ROLERight back
RELATION(S)Domingos Alves da Silva (Father), Joana Sanz (Spouse)

Dani Alves is a Brazilian professional footballer who is a key component of the Brazil national team and is widely considered as one of the finest full-backs of his age. He was born on May 6, 1983.

The right-footed player is mostly used at right back. He can also play right-midfield or wing on occasion.

He spent the most of his career with Spanish giants Sevilla and Barcelona, before moving to Juventus in Italy and then to Paris Saint-Germain in France.

Background

Alves grew up in a normal Brazilian middle-class farm household. Dani’s father has encouraged him to pursue his love for football since he was a toddler. He began his career as a winger at the age of ten, but his father re-positioned him as a right-back owing to his superior defensive abilities, a position he continues to play to this day.

Debut

Alves began his club career in 2001 while playing for Bahia, a local club. He only made six appearances in his rookie season and failed to score in any of them.

In 2006, Alves made his debut for Brazil in an unofficial friendly match against Kuwaiti club Al-Kuwait.

He didn’t have much of an opportunity to explore the field, though, since he was brought in as a replacement for a brief time.

Club Career

After a lacklustre first season, Alves stepped up in the second. He appeared in 25 games for Bahia, scoring four times.

In 2002, Alves was loaned to Sevilla in Spain. He won the UEFA Cup with Sanchez Pizjuan in 2006 and 2007, as well as the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercopa, and the UEFA Super Cup. He became the Andalusians’ main offensive threat despite being a right-back.

Alves became a youth star after a great five-year stint at Sevilla. In 2008, his talent and quickness with the ball earned him a whopping €30 million transfer fee to one of the world’s most prestigious clubs, Barcelona.

He quickly established himself as the team’s centrepiece. He assisted Lionel Messi on more goals than anybody else at Barcelona, including Xavi and Andres Iniesta. He appeared in 391 games for Barcelona and scored 21 goals.

Alves joined Juventus on a free transfer in 2016 on a two-year contract. In August, he made his Juventus debut in a 2–1 Serie A home victory against Florentia.

Alves scored his first goal for Juventus in a 4–0 victory against Cagliari at home before making his Champions League debut six days later against Dinamo Zagreb. By mutual accord, Alves’ contract with Juventus was cancelled in 2017. With his one season in Turin, he made 33 appearances and won the Serie A championship and the Coppa Italia.

After leaving Juventus, Alves joined PSG in July 2017. In his time at PSG, he has scored some spectacular goals and is a guy who can always come up with something unique when his teammates are seeking for ideas. In a 2–1 victory against 2016–17 Ligue 1 champions Monaco, he scored one goal and assisted on the game-winning goal. For PSG, he has made 21 appearances and scored four goals.

International Career

Alves received his first international cap in a friendly against Ecuador on October 7, 2006, after making his debut as a replacement. He was a member of Brazil’s squad in the 2007 Copa America. He played in four games, including the final, in which he provided an assist and scored a goal in a 3–0 thrashing of Argentina.

In the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final against South Africa, Alves came in as a substitute and scored the winner, a free-kick, and a goal in the 88th minute in a 1–0 triumph.

Alves is not just a great player, but also a decent person. After Brazil beat Colombia 2–1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, Alves and his partner David Luiz were praised by the media for consoling opponent James Rodriguez.

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