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FC Barcelona Players – Dani Alves

If any player has all the hallmarks of a ‘typical’ Barcelona signing, then it must be Dani Alves.

With the possibility of Roberto Carlos returning, Dani Alves has strength – abundance, aggression, skill, attitude and seemingly boundless energy. Who needs a right winger when Alves is playing right back?

Born in Juazeiro, Brazil in 1983, Daniel Alves da Silva first caught his eye while playing for Brazil in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships. Sevilla Dani broke up from his first professional club, Esporte Clube Bahía, and, during the 2003/04 season, began to enjoy Spanish football. As part of the Sevilla side that won the UEFA Cup in consecutive seasons, Dani Alves began to develop his reputation as a tough, despicable backer. In fact, in 175 career games for the Andalucian side, Alves scored 11 points – not bad for someone who didn’t take the penalties.

After the 2006/07 season, Chelsea seemed about to sign Alves – at least they thought they were. They were included without Sevilla’s powerful and idiosyncratic president, José María Del Nido, who took an exception to Chelsea’s methods and urged to keep out a transfer fee that even Chelsea thought was too high. Adding to the player’s torment at the time, Alves started the following season as an unwanted Sevilla player. Then followed one of those comments ‘if he doesn’t like he can stay in the reserves for the season’ presidents love to do and the relationship between the club and the player seemed to be irrevocably ruined.

However, the tragic death of team mate Antonio Puerta put things into perspective for all parties involved and Alves went on to make 33 league appearances for Sevilla, which was their final season.

When he left, in the summer of 2008, as the most expensive right back in the world for a prospective total fee of EUR35 million, Alves left tears with Sevilla with the phrase reminiscent of reaching the club as a boy, but he was leaving as a man.

Watching Alves play for Barcelona now, it’s hard to imagine him playing for any other team. Her vibrant style is perfectly suited to her new environment. He seems to be defending the second and attacking the next and his relentless enthusiasm quickly won over the local supporters. Apparently there was no time, he developed an intuitive relationship with Lionel Messi who sees them connecting on the right wing and attracting the opposition.

Now fully grounded in the Brazilian national team – scoring one of the three goals in the team that won the Copa America in 2007, perhaps Dani Alves could claim to be the best back attack in football. it is a modern world.

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