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Facts about Dani Alves

The factor that separates great footballers from legendary footballers is consistency. Not only was Alves consistent throughout his career, but he also showed up during the big games. Read on to find out more facts about Dani Alves.

The Brazilian soccer player,

Daniel Alves da Silva

, is definitely one of the best footballers on his expert position

As one of the greatest right-backs ever, he was born on 6 May, 1983, meaning that

Dani Alves age

is 37. Alves' parents are Dona Lucia and Domingos Alves da Silva.

Since August 2012, Alves has been in a relationship with the Brazilian soap actress Thaissa Carvalho.

Prior to dating Carvalho, he was married for three years to Dina Alves, before the pair separated in 2011.

He's regarded as one of the best Brazilian right-backs of all time and also one of the best players on his position in the history of football.

The followings are some facts about Dani Alves:

Dani Alves is the most decorated footballer in history with an astonishing 43 total major trophies in football. He made the FIFA Pro World XI a total of 8 times.

Dani Alves early life

Daniel Alves da Silva

, born 6 May 1983, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for

São Paulo

in Brasilieiro Serie A. he has played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and

Paris Saint- Germain

during his long career.

The fact about

Dani Alves childhood

is that he was born in Juazeiro, Bahia, where is one of the states of Brazil and in the northeast of the country.

Dani Alves parents

are Dona Lucia and Domingos Alves da Silva, his father was a farmer.

From his early days, Dani liked to help his father and work with him on the field, their field was in Salitre, a village located 30km far from Juazeiro.

Dani's father explains that his son was so full of energies as a child and was different from the other kids.

At a very young age, Dani had a passion for football and played football with the other kids in his neighborhood.

At the age of six, Dani started to play as a winger. However, he didn’t score enough goals, so his father repositioned him as a right-back, which is the position that he still plays to this day.

In 1996 Dani Alves joined the Juazeiro youth team at the age of 13, where he played until 1998 before joining the youth side of Bahia.

Dani Alves personal life

The fact about

Dani Alves personal life

is that he married his long term girlfriend, Dinora Santana, in 2008 after dating for about 6 years.


Dani Alves children

it should be mentioned that he has two children, his kids names are Daniel and Vitoria.

Their marriage just lasted for three years and they divorced in 2011, the actual reason behind their separation is still unknown but it was perceived that Alves flirted with Brazilian actress Thaissa Carvalho.

Dinora Santana still remained an agent to Alves even after their divorce and kept remaining Dani's ex-wife, businesswoman, neighbor and mother of his kids. She even takes care of her ex-husband when he is injured.

Dani Alves and Dinora Santana are partners in five companies: two in Brazil and three in Spain.

In June 2017, Dani decided to make the decision of remarrying. Alves married to Spanish model Joana Sanz in a secret wedding in Ibiza.

Joana is a fashion model by profession and is almost ten years junior to her husband, according to Spanish magazine La Vanguardia, Joana had turned down twice the marriage proposal before deciding to marry Dani Alves after a third.

Dani Alves club career

The first

fact about Dani Alves

 club career is that he started his senior career with


in Brazil and after a brief time he moved to play in Europe.

After playing three seasons with Bahia's youth side, Dani Alves' debut with the club's first team was in 2001 against Parana in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie.

Dani's side won the match 3-0 and he played an important role in all three goals with providing two assists and winning a penalty for the other goal.

After this head coach of the team, Evaristo de Macedo, gave Dani Alves a starting place in the team. Dani Alves won the Campeonato Baiano 2001 and two times the Northeast Cup 2001 and 2002 with Bahia club.


Dani's consistently great performances landed him a transfer, at first on loan, to Spanish club 


, midway through 2002.

Dani Alves was a member of Brazil international youth team and in 2003 they managed to become champions of 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Alves performed remarkably in that tournament and was ranked the third-best player in the tournament, after this the Spanish club decided to sign Dani as a permanent player.

Dani Alves made his debut for Sevilla on 23 February 2003 against Espanyol in

La Liga


He became a regular member of squad in his second season at the club during 2003-04 season.

Dani Alves scored his first goal for Sevilla in an important match against Real Madrid on 9 November 2003 in La Liga, in the end Alves' side managed to win 4-1 and it was a great victory for sure.

Alves' first match in European competitions came on 30 September 2004 against Nacional in the first round of UEFA Cup competitions.

Dani Alves' best form in Sevilla came on 2005-06 season which was his fourth season at the Spanish club.

He managed to score three goals in La Liga competitions and also provided an assist for his teammates.

During this season Sevilla went on to win the UEFA Cup competitions. The club reached to final match of the tournament and in the end they won the match 4-0 against English rivals,



Dani Alves played an important role in the club's success at UEFA Cup. He played 13 matches and provided three assists for his teammates which most important of them came on at the final match.

Liverpool wanted to sign with Brazilian right-back in June 2006 but the price 8 million Euro was too high for the team, finally he stayed at Sevilla and in December signed an extension to his contract with Sevilla until 2012.

The 2006-07 season was considered to be a great season for Dani Alves and the club. During that season, Alves scored five goals in 47 matches.

In the UEFA Super Cup match, Alves' side did a great job against strong rivals, Barcelona, and won the match 3-0 as Dani Alves played the whole match.

Alves and his teammates managed to reach the final match of UEFA Cup again in the 2006-07 season.

Sevilla won the final match against another club from Spain, Espanyol, and won the title for the second time in a row.

As last season, Dani Alves helped his side so much in the path of championship and in 14 matches that he played in the tournament; he scored two goals and provided four assists.

This great season for Alves and his team ended with winning the Copa Del Rey title, this was fourth Copa Del Rey title in the history of the club.

During the 2007-08 season, Dani Alves won Supercopa de Espana with Sevilla. They defeated strong rivals, Real Madrid, to win this title. 

Dani Alves told SporTV he wanted to leave Sevilla for a European giant, later reiterating his desire to leave Sevilla to Marca, saying he was flattered by Chelsea's interest and that he could never turn down such an opportunity.

Dani Alves confirmed his agent had been in England for some time handling Chelsea's offer, urging Sevilla to at least consider the offer, in an interview with Antena 3 on 8 August.

Later, Dani Alves revealed his dismay with Sevilla club president José María Del Nido for having knocked back Chelsea's offers for his services.

After a public war of words between Alves and Del Nido, as well as the death of teammate Antonio Puerta, Alves decided to stay with the club, with player and president ostensibly reconciled.


After spending six successful seasons with Sevilla, Dani Alves moved to Spanish giants,


, on 2 July 2008.

Dani Alves signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, which included a buy-out clause of €90 million and the transfer price was about 23 million Euros in the beginning and offered an additional 7 million Euros based on his performance in the following seasons.

The fact about Dani Alves' transfer to Barcelona is that he became the most expensive defender in history in the time and the third-most expensive player bought by Barça in the time.

On 13 August 2008, Dani Alves made his European debut for Barca in the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League third-round qualifiers against Wisła Kraków.

Alves made his debut game for Barca in La Liga in a season-opener against Numancia on 31 August 2008.

Dani Alves won the treble with Barcelona on his debut season and became the key player in helping Barcelona to do this.

He missed the final match of UEFA Champions League against

Manchester United

due to a yellow-card suspension, although Barcelona nonetheless defeated Manchester United 2–0 to complete the treble after also winning La Liga and the 2008–09 Copa del Rey.

In his first season at Barcelona Dani Alves managed to score five goals and provided 14 assists for his teammates in 54 matches that played in all competitions for the club.

During his second season in Barcelona, Dani Alves won another La Liga title and also won UEFA Super Cup and Super Copa de Espana.

He also won FIFA Club World Cup title with the club and in the final match of that tournament, Alves provided an important assist.

In the 2010-11 season, Alves won his third consecutive La Liga title with the club and also won his second Super Copa de Espana with Barca.

Alves played in his first Champions League final as Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3–1 at Wembley Stadium to win its fourth European Cup and this was second UCL title for Alves with Barca.

During the 2011-12 season, Dani Alves won another UEFA Super Cup title, FIFA Club World Cup title, Super Copa de Espana and Copa Del Rey.

Dani Alves was the key player for Barca in winning this major trophies, he provided 18 assists for his teammates in all competitions.

Alves won the La Liga title for the fourth time in his five seasons at Barcelona in the 2012-13 season.

Dani Alves won the Champions League title for the third time on 6 June 2015; they managed to defeat


in the final match at Olympiastadion in Berlin.

This made Barca the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice.

Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets and Pedro are the only players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.

Alves signed a two-year contract with the club, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2017, with the option to extend a further year, on 9 June 2015.

On 2 June 2016, Roberto Fernández, Barcelona's technical secretary, announced Dani Alves was leaving Barcelona that summer after eight years. Although under contract until 30 June 2017, Alves contract had a clause allowing him to leave as a free agent.


fact about Dani Alves

 time at Barca is that in eight season playing for the club he won six La Liga titles, four Copa Del Reys, four Super Copa de Espana titles, three UCL titles, three UEFA Super Cups and also three FIFA Club World Cup titles.


Alves joined Italian club, Juventus, on 27 June 2016. His contract was a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

On 20 August, Alves made his Juve debut in a home win against Fiorentina in

Serie A

. he scored his first goal for the club against Cagliari on 21 September.

His first match for Juventus in the Champions League came on 14 September against Sevilla.

On 17 May, Juventus reached the 2017 Coppa Italia Final and won the trophy with Alves scoring the opening goal of a 2–0 win over Lazio.

Dani Alves helped Juventus reach 2017 Champions League Final and on 3 June, he appeared in his third UCL Final as Juventus were defeated 4–1 by 

Real Madrid

 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

He played 12 matches for the club in Champions League and managed to score three goals and also provided four assists.

Dani Alves had his contract with Juventus terminated by mutual consent, on 29 June 2017.

In his one season in Turin, he made 33 appearances and won the 2016–17 Serie A title and 2016–17 Coppa Italia.

Paris Saint-Germain

Dani Alves signed a two-year contract with the French Ligue team, Paris Saint-Germain, in July 2017.

He made his first appearance for the club on 29 July in Trophee des Champions, where he was able to score one goal and make one assist, helping them win over Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

Dani Alves assisted 

Edinson Cavani

 for PSG's first goal of the 2017–18

Ligue 1

 season in a 2–0 win over Amiens at the Parc des Princes.

In two seasons playing for the French club, Alves made 73 appearances and won Ligue 1 title twice. He also won two Trophee des Champions titles and a Coupe de France title along with a Coupe de la Ligue.

The Brazil international once said that life in the French capital was "stressful" and that he preferred the atmosphere in Barcelona or Seville.

He said that he did not enjoy life in the City of Lights, where he played a lot of Ligue 1 matches and scored a couple of goals.

“If you go to Paris for a week, it will be the trip of your life, but any longer than that and it gets tiring.

“It reminds me a bit of Sao Paulo, but there, they are f*cking racists. A lot of them.”

São Paulo

On 1 August 2019, Dani Alves joined Brazilian club, São Paulo, on a contract that runs until December 2022.

Former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves joined Sao Paulo on a free transfer after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

A lifelong supporter of São Paulo, Alves had previously on numerous occasions declared his wish of playing for the club.

Dani Alves made his debut for the club on 18 August 2019, scoring the sole goal in a 1–0 league win over Ceará.

He received the number 10 jersey at the Estadio do Morumbi, and was subsequently deployed as an attacking midfielder.

The transfer ended his17-year career in European football, having joined Sevilla from his first professional club, Bahia, in 2002.

In 2020, it was reported that Alves wanted to leave Sao Paulo as the defender was looking to leave the club just 13 months after making a return to Europe.

Dani Alves international career

Alves earned his first international cap on 10 October 2006 in a friendly match against



He was a member of Brazil's team for the 2007 Copa America and in the final against


; he scored a goal and gave an assist to Roberto Ayala's own goal in the 3-0 victory.

Dani Alves was initially unable to hold down a regular starting spot in the Brazilian national team with Maicon being the first choice ahead of him, despite being the most expensive right-back in history at the time.

Alves scored the winning goal for Brazil against South Africa in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final match. The following summer, Alves was named to Brazil's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Dani Alves scored a long-range free-kick against Iran in a friendly match on 7 October 2010. He was a member of Brazil's squad for the 2011 Copa America.

On 13 June 2013, Alves won the FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time as Brazil defeated


3-0 in the final match.

On 7 May 2014, Alves was named to Brazil's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on home soil.

After Brazil defeated 


2–1 in the quarter-finals, Alves and teammate David Luiz were applauded for comforting James Rodríguez, an act they were both commended for by both Rodríguez and the media for showing respect.

He reached the final match of 2019 Copa America with Brazil and they won the match 3-1 against


. Alves was subsequently named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament; this was the 40th title of his career.


fact about Dani Alves

 international career is that with 118 caps he's the third player with most caps for Brazil behind Cafu with 142 and Roberto Carlos with 125 caps.

Dani Alves stats

Alves played two seasons for Brazilian club, Bahia. He made 37 appearances in all competitions and scored five goals for the club.

He moved to Sevilla in 2002, where he played for six years. Alves played 250 matches for the club and scored 16 goals, he also provided 29 assists for his teammates.

In 2008 he joined Barcelona, where he spent most of his career. During eight years playing for the club he made 391 appearances.

He managed to score 21 goals and provided 101 assists for his teammates, which is a remarkable record for a right-back.

In his one and only season with Juventus he played 33 matches for the club. He scored six times and assisted seven times with the Italian club.

Alves played two seasons with French club, Paris Saint-Germain. He played 73 matches with the club and managed to score 8 times, he also made 18 assists.

Alves has played 79 matches for São Paulo till this day. He has scored 9 goals for the club and provided 11 assists.

From 2006 to 2019, Dani Alves made 118 appearances for Brazil national team and scored eight goals for his country.

Some quick facts about Dani Alves

About Dani Alves' age, it should be mentioned that he was born on 6 May 1983, this means that he's 37 years old.

Dani Alves is regarded as one of the best right-back players in the history of sport and also as one of the best assist provider defenders.

The fact about Dani Alves playing style is that he's an offensive right-back who is best known in particular for his pace, overlapping attacking runs, technical skills and stamina.

Alves is also gifted with good crossing accuracy and distribution, which allows him to link up with midfielders, and makes him an effective assist provider along the right flank. 

Despite his skill and offensive ability, he has drawn criticism at times in the media for neglecting the defensive aspect of his game.

On 27th April 2014 during a match against


, Alves was racistly insulted; one of Villarreal supporters threw a banana at Dani Alves.

He responded by picking up, peeling, and taking a bite of banana, which was appraised by all the people on social media.

His teammate and best friend,


, posted a photograph of himself on social media also eating a banana went viral.

The fact about Alves' personality is that he's really a funny guy and also many know him as a stubborn person, his nickname is ''El Loco (the crazy)''!

He does some South American traditional dances during goal celebrations.

He's also famous for having many tattoos on his body. On his chest, there is a tattoo inked of his children's name.

Alves has also inked his mother's picture on his shoulder. He has inked his father's name, Domingos, below his chest.

The fact about Dani Alves' championship winnings is that he's the most decorated player in the history of sport with 41 major trophies.

Dani Alves social media


Dani Alves social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) and has 31.8 million followers on Instagram. He mostly posts pictures from himself and his family and also his friends.

Dani Alves body measurement


Dani Alves body measurements

, it should be mentioned that there is no exact information on his body measurements but he is a player with a muscular and athletic body. He stands 1.71 m tall and his weight is 70 kg.

Dani Alves net worth

Dani Alves is one of the most successful players and one of the highest-earning players, he spent most of his career in the most popular and successful clubs and also he was the most expensive defender in the history of football in 2008.

Alves joined Barcelona after his six-year stint with the Sevilla for €32.5 million in 2008, becoming the third-most expensive defender of all-time. Forbes announced his name as the tenth most affluent footballer in the world who has earned a sum of net worth $45 million.

Alves made his $45 million fortune with his former club FC Barcelona along with endorsing brands. Though the defender has linked with numbers of endorsement, his main source of earning is football.

Speaking about

Dani Alves net worth

, it should be mentioned that his net worth is estimated to be around $60 million in 2021.


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