At 38, Brazilian footballer Dani Alves continues to collect accolades, despite the record already held. For the final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the native of Juazeiro in the State of Bahia is eyeing a 40th title since the start of his professional career in 2021.
This Saturday at 11:30 UTC against Spain, Dani Alves will have the opportunity to add to his collection of trophies one of the few that he lacks, that of gold in football at the Olympic Games. The man with the many tattoos has also never won the World Cup, but that does not take away his status as the player with the most trophies in the history of football. 39 during his professional career to date, and the defender isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.
The delicate childhood lived by Dani in no way augured the title of future player the most titled of all time of which he can validly be proud, without risking to pass for an impostor. Bahia, Seville, Barcelona, Sao Paulo or even PSG, the player, at ten years old, accompanied his father to the fields, to help him in the field work. But he held on, forging his mind for a leader status that he wears so well today.
At the age of 18, Dani Alves won the Bahia State Championship. Two years later, he played in the final of the 20-year-old World Cup and then won his second coronation. Today, he has 39 professional and is aiming for another trophy in the final of the Olympics against Spain. “Even though I have experienced great moments in my career, this is my first time to participate in the Olympics and it gives me butterflies in my stomach. »He confided, before the start of the tournament in Tokyo.
Dani Alves mainly holds 2 Confederations Cups, 2 in Copa America, 3 Club World Cups, 4 Club Super Cups, 2 Champions Leagues, 2 Europa Leagues, 4 European Super Cups. The Brazilian also has championship and cup titles in Spain, Italy and France. “I believe that the key to what I have achieved, in football and beyond, remains my dedication which is the same today as when I was 20 years old. »He confided a few years ago.