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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The footballer with the most titles in history

Por Rory

Who would have thought that day when a young 18-year-old side player with Bahía made his debut in 2001, when he was watching the first game as a footballer who would become, 17 years later, the most successful player in the history of the soccer. A hard fact to imagine, but that was exactly what happened in the career of the Brazilian Daniel Alves da Silva, known simply as Dani Alves.

Alves began with the Esporte Clube Bahia a collection of titles that has no comparison, beyond which the total sum of those who adorn its showcase is still discussed. For some it is 37, for others it would be necessary to add two more. Following the account of one of the most recognized statisticians of soccer, the Spanish Alexis Martín Tamayo, better known as MisterChip on social networks, the first title of Alves was the Copa do Nordeste of 2002 with the team of his land. Some also assign him the two championships that Bahia won in 2001, but Tamayo explained that he only considers "champion a player in a club tournament when he has played at least one match in it, so Dani Alves is not championship champion Bahiano 2001 nor of the Nordeste Cup 2001 ".

In Brazilian soccer he was short-lived after being signed with Sevilla in 2003, first on loan and then permanently starting in January 2004. His arrival coincided with the start of the golden age of the Andalusian team, winning up to five trophies in the five years he was with the team: two UEFA Cups, a European Super Cup, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup. That earned him the call of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in 2008, a club with which he managed to celebrate up to 23 times and was one of the pillars in which many consider one of the best teams in the history of soccer.

He won three Champions League, six Spanish leagues, three club world championships, four Copa del Rey, three European Supercups and four of his version in Spain. Despite that record, Alves had to leave through the back door of the city and seek new horizons for the final stage of his career. First landed in Turin where he won the Serie A and the Italian Cup with Juventus, in addition to staying at the gates of a new Champions League to lose the final against Real Madrid. And this last season he signed for Paris Saint-Germain, with which last weekend he conquered Ligue 1. Before it had conquered the Supercup of France and the League Cup, and can still add the Cup of France in which PSG is in the semifinals.

But in addition to his collection in the field of clubs, Alves also has a Copa America and two Confederations Cups with the Brazilian team. Another crown he won was the World Youth Championship with Canarinha in 2003, although that is not considered part of professional football. A clearly enviable career, which I could still complete in Russia by lifting the title with which every Brazilian dreams of winning: the World Cup of football.