After 17 appearances, one goal and one red card, Dani Alves ended his second spell at Barcelona without adding to his record tally of trophies.
No professional male player has ever lifted as many trophies for club and country as the Brazilian international, who has amassed a phenomenal collection of silver medals with 44 winners’ medals to his name since earning his first in 2001.
Alves, 39, is also one of the most flamboyant costumers and mischievous characters in the game, though unfortunately there are no official record books for such things.
The right-back has won at least one trophy at every club he has ever played for, from Bahia, his first professional club, to Barcelona through Sevilla, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and “Sao Paulo”.
Not even counting two Copa Catalunya triumphs and one Catalan Super Cup with which he won at Barça (which are not considered official competitions), or the 2003 Under-20 World Championship, or even the Olympic gold medal he won. for Brazil (as for senior tournaments), Alves is still the most decorated person to ever play the game.
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It’s worth taking a moment to look at this trophy in its entirety to truly enjoy it:
Bahian Championship: 2001
Northeast Cup: 2001, 2002.
King’s Cup: 2006-07
Spanish Super Cup: 2007
UEFA Cup: 2005-06, 2006-07
UEFA Super Cup: 2006
Barcelona (2008-16 and 2021-22)
La Liga: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16
King’s Cup: 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16
Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
UEFA Champions League: 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
Serie A: 2016-17
Italian Cup: 2016-17
Paris Saint-Germain (2017-19)
Ligue 1: 2017-18, 2018-19
French Cup: 2017-18
League Cup: 2017–18
Champions Trophy: 2017, 2018
Sao Paulo (2019-21)
Paulista Championship: 2021
America’s Cup: 2007, 2019
FIFA Confederations Cup: 2009, 2013
Alves has not confirmed what his future is Instagram post confirming he will leave Barça the second time, though he hinted he wasn’t done yet with the caption: “May the world never forget: EVEN A 39-YEAR-OLD LION CONTINUES TO BE A GOOD CRAZY LIONNN.”
Just because Alves has spent more than half of his life as a professional footballer doesn’t mean he’s ready to hang up his boots. He remains the captain of Brazil’s national team and led them to the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics last year, having only missed the America’s Cup earlier that summer due to injury.
With only five months left until the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Alves started both of Brazil’s friendlies earlier this month, playing the entirety of a 5-1 victory over South Korea before finishing off a 70-minute 1-0 victory over Japan .
Brazil is the current favorite at Caesar’s bookmaker to win in Qatar and claim a record-breaking sixth World Cup that will also see Alves write his name even more firmly into history. All he needs now is a new club to play for for the next few months.
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