Dani Alves, oldest Brazilian player to participate in a World Cup / International / Brazil /

We may be only 1.72m tall, but we can weigh very heavy.

The most successful player in the history of football (43 trophies), 125 caps (8 goals) with his country, winner of the Champions League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A… The list is long for Daniel Alves, who will add a line to his Wikipedia page. The former PSG player (39 years old) will be in ten days the oldest Brazilian player to play in a World Cup. Enough to erase the old record established by Djalma Santos, who had participated in the 1966 World Cup with the Selection at the age of 37.

“Four years ago we were in the same situation, and I was unavailable due to a serious injury. (He had to forfeit the 2014 World Cup, Ed.) That day the tears were of sadness, today they are of joy. When we say, “Never give up on your dreams”, it’s cliché, but it’s real, and I’m here to prove it. Four years have passed, and I’m here again, after so much effort. It was worth it, because they brought me here” he said, very moved, in a video posted on his Instagram account.

Since last July and his departure from Barça, Dani Alves has been evolving in Mexico, under the Pumas jersey, and as much to say that his performances do not reassure everyone. Asked about this at a press conference, Brazilian coach Tite made things clear: “I selected him on the same criteria as everyone else. It is a reward for his individual technical, physical and mental qualities. Like the others. »

The legend’s last fight auriverde.