Few footballers have enjoyed better careers than Dani Alves.
Spanning across two decades, four countries and six clubs, Alves has been everywhere and won absolutely everything in the game. And at 39 years of age, he’s still plying his trade at the very highest level.
To celebrate Alves’ remarkable career, we thought we’d take a look at some numbers which highlight the full-back’s greatness:
That’s how many trophies Dani Alves has won in senior level football. It’s more than anyone else in footballing history, and it’s actually so many that Alves himself forgot a few in a recent Instagram post.
Out of all of those trophies, perhaps the most impressive ones are his three UEFA Champions Leagues. Alves won all three during his time at Barcelona, playing in arguably the greatest club team of all time when he won his second in 2010/11.
2010/11 was a rather remarkable season for Alves. Not only did he win the Champions League and La Liga double, but he also bagged himself 15 league assists during that campaign from right-back.
That’s how many appearances Dani Alves has made in the UEFA Team of the Year, with only six players have making more.
During his first spell at Barcelona, the dynamic right-back, on average, lifted a piece of silverware every 17 games. Astonishing.
Dani Alves was Pep Guardiola’s first signing as Barcelona. It’s fair to say that’s as good a first signing as he could’ve made.
Despite spending just two seasons of his career at Paris Saint-Germain, Alves managed to collect himself six winners’ medals – winning four in his first season at the club alone.
That’s how many years Dani Alves had to wait between winning the Copa America a first and second time. Brazil won the trophy way back in 2007, with Alves getting on the scoresheet in the final, and had to wait until 2019 to lift it again. 12 years later, Alves had gone from exciting young full-back to the leader of the national team – lifting the trophy as his nation’s captain following a final win over Peru.
Alves received a hero’s welcome from Sao Paulo fans when he joined the club as a free agent in 2019. 44,000 fans crowded into Estádio do Morumbi to catch a glimpse of the footballing legend during his unveiling, and their enthusiasm was later rewarded as Alves helped Sao Paulo to their first Campeonato Paulista since 2005 in 2021.
The full-back has worn quite a few different shirt numbers throughout his career (at PSG alone he work four different ones in just two seasons). At Barcelona, over two spells at the club, Alves has donned the number 2, 6, 20, 22 and now he wears the number 8. Alves actually asked Barca legend, and former teammate, Andres Iniesta for permission to wear the 8 jersey – permission Iniesta was more than happy to give.
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