When next the discussion about the greatest of all time in football comes up, be sure to find a spot for Dani Alves da Silva.
When you talk about the greatest players to have ever kicked a round leather ball in the world, you will most likely think of Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo De Lima, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but, for all of their glory and insane number of goals scored, none of these greats won or have won as many as 40 trophies in their career.
The only player that now holds that rare honour is Dani Alves, the Brazilian and former Barcelona right back.
Alves, by virtue of Brazil’s conquer of the South American continent in the 2019 COPA America football competition, becomes the first and only player to have won 40 career trophies. He had replaced Neymar as team captain for the tournament due to the forward’s injury. Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the final, despite playing with a man down since the 70th minute. The goals for the Samba boys were scored by Everton, Gabriel Jesus, and Richarlison.
Alves who also registered a goal in the tournament was named the Most Valuable Player.
The highly mobile 36 year-old who is now a free agent following his time at French football club PSG, has won trophies with Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG and Brazil. He is also the second most decorated defender of all-time in European competitions with nine European medals, leaving him equal with Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.
So, when next the discussion about the greatest of all time in football comes up, be sure to find a spot for Dani Alves da Silva.
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