It would be difficult to build a list of the greatest defenders of all time and leave out the most decorated player in the history of the game. Daniel Alves da Silva (Dani Alves) has had a career inclusive of 40 trophies in international and club football. The fact that he has played in so many of the great teams throughout his career is testimony to his quality. Often going unnoticed, Alves has gone about being one of the best defenders of all time in a very unfussy way, choosing instead to use his intelligence and tactical awareness to achieve his ends without much fanfare.

Alves seems to always be in the right place at the right time and his gift for crossing the ball is often underestimated.

Playing Career

Name: Daniel Alves da Silva
Date of birth: 6 May 1983
Birthplace: Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil

Playing Position: Right back

 

International career

  • Brazil: 2006-Present (118 caps)

 

Honours

  • 2007 Copa America
  • 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 2019 Copa America

 

Individual

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Bronze Ball: 2003
  • UEFA Cup Most Valuable Player: 2005–06
  • UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match: 2006
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 2nd team: 2014
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee: 2019 (4th defender)
  • La Liga Defender of the Season: 2008–09
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament: 2013
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15
  • France Football World XI: 2015
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2016–17
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2017–18
  • Copa América Most Valuable Player: 2019
  • Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2019

Club Career

  • 1963-1966 Fluminese
  • 1966-1974 Santos
  • 1974-1976 Fluminese
  • 1976-1977 Flamengo
  • 1977-1980 New York Cosmos
  • 1981 California Surf
  • 1982 New York Cosmos

        

Honours

  • Bahia - Copa do Nordeste: 2002
  • Sevilla - Copa del Rey: 2006–07; Supercopa de España: 2007; UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07; UEFA Super Cup: 2006
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16; Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16; Supercopa de España: 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
  • Juventus - Serie A: 2016–17; Coppa Italia: 2016–17
  • Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1: 2017–18, 2018–19; Coupe de France: 2017–18; Coupe de la Ligue: 2017–18; Trophée des Champions: 2017, 2018
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