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Name Dani Alves
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
Desc Still going strong at 36 years old, ​Dani Alves found his way back into the Brazilian squad for the Copa America this year after a decent season with Paris Saint-Germain. Why does Alves earn a spot on this list, though? After winning the Ligue 1 title this season, he became the most decorated player in history, with 42 titles to his name - the majority of which came during his profitable time with Barcelona

Affiliation

Org Brazil National Team
Club as Player Sao Paulo FC
  Juventus
  Barcelona FC
  Sevilla FC

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Dani Alves on speculation linking him with a move away from Barcelona] I’m a bit tired of listening to sheep making up (stuff). I love this club but if one day I have to leave, I will have the same balls that have got me where I am today to say it myself. I don’t need any sheep to speak for me

2015 07 11 Retrieve

[Daniel Alves on himself] People think that, because you’re a footballer, you don’t have the right to do things. I like to play the guitar. I like to drink wine. I will drink wine with my friends and my family when I want. You can think whatever you like. Why? Because I have a life. Everyone likes to have an opinion. A lot of people know I’m Daniel Alves, that I played for Brazil and Barcelona, but they don’t know me. They don’t know that I was a waiter, that I did this and that, anything I could to make money

2015 08 15 Retrieve

[Dani Alves on Turan] It’s an honour to have Turan with us. He’s a phenomenon. Furthermore, he’s been very funny in the camp. Our team needs crazy men like him

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Between them, they’re always looking to score; the objective is to make sure everyone’s happy. The three of them look to score right up until the final whistle [. . .]

2016 02 27 Retrieve

[Dani Alves on his future prospects after he finishes his footballing career] I enjoy gastronomy, music and fashion, so I’ll end up involved in one of those three areas– or all three! They’re things I have a passion for, and I only do what I’m passionate about. [I feel that way about] football too, but it’s unlikely I’ll stay involved in it. There are a lot of things I don’t like about it, and I always go where I feel good and at home.

2016 03 19 Retrieve

[Dani Alves speaking before Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Arsenal (5-1 on aggregate) in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League] When I talk about energy, happiness, joy, that’s applicable to life. I try to make people take that on; I hope to be contagious. Don’t be bitter: the world’s already bitter enough, it’s already self-destructing. I want that positive energy to reach people. I can’t sing, but I sing. There’s a phrase: quien canta, sus males espanta [he who sings, sings his troubles away]. So, I sing

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Dani Alves tallies up his medals after Barcelona win the Spanish Copa del Rey] Pele, you are the king. The King. But I’ve won more titles than you

2017 03 18 Retrieve

[Dani Alves believes Juventus have what it takes to win the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League title] We are in good shape, both physically and psychologically. Now we are going into the most important part of the season. Great players work all year to be ready for these moments … to win competitions. Together, we can have a great finale to the campaign. I am aware of how important the Champions League is for the Bianconeri and the history of this club. I too, like all the Juventini, want to dream and am convinced we can do it if we stay calm and show no fear of making mistakes … then we can go all the way

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Dani Alves speaks about the difficulty of playing in South America’s World Cup qualifiers] The South American qualifiers are tough, the hardest in the world if you ask me, the ones where you have to adapt the most. You have to go to Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the like. They’re tough games to play, and the atmosphere can be hostile. You have a lot of problems to overcome. It wasn’t easy before and it’s not easy now, but the important thing is to be prepared and not come up with excuses. The qualifiers are a test of how mature you are

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Dani Alves reveals what he said to console former club team-mate Neymar after Juventus eliminated Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals] The only thing I told him was not to regard this as a defeat, but as a learning experience, to get up from this type of situation and move on

2017 06 03 Retrieve

[Dani Alves revealed what he said to Barcelona officials before joining Juventus] Before I went to Juventus, I made a final promise to the board at Barcelona. I said: ‘You’re going to miss me’. I didn’t mean as a player. Barça have plenty of incredible players. What I meant was they were going to miss my spirit. They were going to miss the care I had for the dressing room. They were going to miss the blood I spilled every time I put on the shirt

2018 04 03 Retrieve

[Dani Alves becomes the most successful player in football history. Alves after Saturday’s 3-0 win with the Brazilian claiming his 35 winners’ medals over 17 years, compared to the 24 years of Manchester United legend Giggs] Today I oust you, Maxwell

2018 04 27 Retrieve

[While at Barcelona, Brazilian defender Dani Alves peeled and bit into a banana thrown at him by Villarreal fans in a racist gesture in 2014. Alves said at the time:] We have suffered this in Spain for some time. You have to take it with a dose of humour

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Dani Alves writes after it was announced he would miss out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia due to suffering a knee injury during PSG’s Coupe de France victory] I don’t consider myself a veteran. As you can see, my spirit is about 13 years old. Who knows, maybe when the 2022 World Cup comes around, I will still be competing for a place on the team. My body will be 39, but my spirit will have only turned 17

2018 11 10 Retrieve

[Dani Alves reveals how close he came to making a move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2007] I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him. I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then, our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault. I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[Referee Roddy Zambrano overlook a wild shove on Sergio Aguero in the area seconds before Firmino hit the second of the night, a decision that sent the usually calm Lionel Messi into a wild fury] I agree, I also complain about referees. I don’t like to talk about referees, but it seemed he was more nervous than we were

[Dani sits within an exclusive if unwanted group of Brazil greats never to lift the trophy, with the likes of Socrates, Zico and Falcao. But he took it in his stride and now seems hell-bent on delivering success in front of the Maracana faithful on Sunday] We trust in our play and our own hard work a great deal. There is one more step to achieve the objective we set ourselves from the start, but it is not easy.

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Dani Alves speaks about his ambitions after completing his move to Sao Paulo] The dreams I have are greater than any difficulty that may exist along the way. I stress again that my goal is trying to play the World Cup 2022. And that means being in a club that gives me that possibility, that bet for me, that believes in my professionalism and my history in football

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Legendary full-back Alves when asked to name the most promising player within the global game] There are some players that are born with the talent and for sure he is one of them. I had the chance to watch him play closely, with the Brazil national team – I’m positive we will see and hear a lot more about him soon

I believe that in football we will always discover new talents. In this club [Barcelona] before Messi, you had Ronaldinho, before Ronaldinho you had other great players. You’re always going to have someone who will be better, but I still believe that it will be very hard to measure up to a player like Messi. Players like Messi are very hard to come around, but we can’t forget that as football evolves, players do as well.

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Dani Alves talks about his motivation to feature at Qatar 2022] I will be almost 40 years old at the next World Cup and I will work my socks off to make it

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has compared the club’s performance in the 2015 Champions League final to Muhammad Ali after recalling their hard-fought victory against Juventus] We were up against very physical opponents and we knew we had to win by having the ball. It does not matter how strong your opponents is if you have them chasing after the ball so that they get tired. The moment they let their guard down is the moment to attack. We were like Muhammad Ali: we floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. I think we were deserving winners of the final and we celebrated a lot as we had repeated the treble. I remember pretty much everything about the final. It’s very recent and not a lot of time has passed since then. I remember it was a very special moment but also a tough one on a personal and collective level. People thought we couldn’t win another treble and were supporting our opponents to stop us doing it. We were aware that people thought we could not do it. When you are prepared to face that, it’s unlikely negative things happen. That is Barca’s secret in finals: they are always prepared.