Daniel Alves

Daniel Alves | The successful Story of him

Daniel Alves | The successful Story of him


Daniel Alves De Silva, also popularly known as Dani Alves, is a Brazilian international, currently plying his trade in the French capital for PSG (Paris St Germaine) at the current time. But surely there is more to the former Seville defender. Of course, there is…

The 34 year midfielder has had a glittering career, and his career has been a long one, it started way back when he was 13 the kid started at Juazeiro, his local club, with no defined position  Dani Alves played everywhere but by the time he moved on to his second youth club at 16, he had started to settle down both in his game and position on the pitch.


The first and the most important glad lies with his resume ‘ it reads ‘right back’, anyone who has seen him in the yellow of Brazil the red of Barcelona or even the blue of PSG shall agree that he is not a player who would fit into labels, yet for our comfort let’s attach the most appropriate one for him ‘Right Wing -back’. Placed farther backward on the pitch by his father due to his lack of goals, Alves has not let the winger in him, stop flying and is much the better for it.


The defender was born in Juazeiro and has left his mark across, not only South Africa but Europe, in the process carving out a special place in the hearts of millions, yours truly included.


His senior debut for the club was eventful too. He provided 2 assists and won a penalty earning him a starting place, a place he retained till he left for Seville on loan. The loan was switched to the buy option after his performance at the youth world cup championship, where he was named the third best player. With the club from Seville, Alves had a successful spell during which he won most notably the UEFA cup. With his performances shiny and speedy as usual, Daniel Alves attracted interest from around Europe, understandably the Andalusian club was not willing to let him go easily, a 2007 offer from Liverpool falling below the mark.

Daniel Alves

Alves revealed first to SporTV (Brazilian cable Television network) then to Marca his desire to find new challenges at new clubs and consequently, The Kop were not the only English team vying for his signature. A 2007 offer from Chelsea was liked by the player, to the extent that his agent went to London to hammer out the specifics. But Seville was unwilling to sell, leading to a much publicised public row between the club president and the player. 


Alves decided to stay on after the death of teammate Antonio Puerta. He did, however, move, to Catalonia the next season. He exits Seville in tears, saying he had come as a boy and was leaving as a man. The price tag on him (at 30 million $) is one of the highest ever paid for a defender, and hindsight tells us it was well worth it, probably more than worth it.




The man, as records and stats will tell our readers, had a great time at Barcelona. The impact of his addition to a side containing Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, and Messi, among others was tremendous as Barcelona completed the treble in 2009, completing it with a drubbing of Manchester United, a match Daniel Alves missed due to suspension.


A tireless runner, not only is Alves a thunderer up and down his flank, his right foot knew and still does know, how to cross, pass and often on the volley, the half volley, and the rebound, also shoot, opportunistically scoring magical goals.

Despite all this, the best thing about the Brazilian has to be his effervescent smile, always like that of a child having a jubilant secret. The former farmer, after his club’s defeat to Atletico 2015-16 Champions League posted a video of himself impersonating his wife trying to console him, angering the manager and getting him relegated to the bench. By the end of the season, the Rumour mill was in overdrive about news of his imminent exit and in the close season, he joined Juventus on a free transfer.


The Brazilian became the latest to grace Serie A after luminaries like Cesar and others have made out careers here. although there was skepticism about choosing the’Old Lady of Turin ‘, to be his dame, his subsequent performances both in the Seria A and the Champions League have vindicated his decision, especially in the Serie A his flamboyance and direct style of play bring something new to the table.



For the Old lady, probably , his best nights were during the semis of the 2017-18 champions league season, when over the two legs three-time former winner of the competition, the former member of FIFA team of the year, scored a goal himself, setting up three goals for two different strikers, that Juve lost the final to Real Madrid the way they did  has to be put down to the whole team.


Continuing his journey across Europe, Daniel Alves joined, (in 2017), current club Paris St Germaine on a free transfer, in this relatively less edgy league and having perhaps the best squad in the world  on paper, PSG, are benefitting not only from his skills but his huge experience too, especially when it comes to negotiating crucial European ties.

Daniel Alves


The Brazilian has also had to, over the years, face racism, in Spain, a notable instance was a game against Real Madrid where he was subject to racist chants by the Ultras, then against Villarreal he was a target of racism, when opposition fans threw at him a banana, which he promptly peeled and ate. The move by Alves was much appreciated across the football world and many others like Neymar and other players (both of race and white) posted similar videos.


In summary looking at Daniel Alves, he is a modern example of a winger adept at attacking, a consummate wing back, Daniel Alves not only goes forward, he is an adept marker, known for his attacking prowess and overlapping runs, his dead ball and airball shooting skills have always been good and what time in Europe has given him is a sense of timing, of defence, of tracking and a whole set of, off the ball, skills so necessary in the modern defender. And if there was to be a ranking of defenders based on overall talent, even at this age Daniel Alves would be nearer the top, and in this beautiful game what more could you want..