Dani Alves: the man who all his European finals wins

After a miraculously fast recovery from a kuitbeenbreuk is Dani Alves back (actually never) went away. Illustrative of the bloedvorm in which the Brazilian vleugelback is were the semi-finals of the Champions League and the final of the Coppa Italia. With one race this season – the final of the kampioenenbal – is opponent Real Madrid warned, because Alves has lost none of his five European finals.

Dani Alves picked up all 33 trophies in his career. The Champions League with Juventus would be number 34. © AFP

At the end of november, five months after he Catalonia, for Turin had exchanged, wriggled and along Dani Alves in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris of the pain. Juventus was after thirty minutes with three goals in the chalk against Genoa, but the impending defeat was a quarter of an hour for time is secondary to the injury that the right back of the Old Lady suffered. Lucas Ocampos – vleugelaanvaller at the opponent – kicked completely in addition to the ball and did not completely onzacht the leg of Alves. Innocent and involuntary, but the Brazilian had to do with a stretcher from the field. Just after affluiten informed Juventus via its social channels that the player has a complicated fracture in the linkerkuitbeen had suffered. A months-long rehabilitation was immediately on the agenda. The rumor mill turned suddenly to 130 kilometres per hour: the then-33-year-old Dani Alves would never play football.

Juventus put off in the weeks afterwards of further communication about the severity of the injury. Not even three months later, it was Alves again on the field. The fracture was not as heavy as had previously been diagnosed. In early February chose a player and coach Max Allegri in the home game against Internazionale for an arthroscopy. Alves would be ten minutes before time, substitute and short to go to the limit. The operation was a success: in the next seven league games was the Brazilian six times on the field, which is five times the full ninety minutes.

Sudden luminary

Three months after his trouble-free comeback plays Alves in and against AS Monaco his best game for the Bianconeri. In the heenwedstrijd of the semi-finals of the Champions League is Juventus with a 0-2 win at the Stade Louis II. It scores two goals in the booklet. Gonzalo Higuaín is twice the finisher, but more than the goals, the assists of Alves. At the first goal he had two balcontacten – one on the own half and one in the opposing penalty area – of which the second will go down in history as one of the finest assists of the European voetbaljaargang.

After a long run he offered Higuaín with a beautiful hakpass the goal. After the break, he would be the Argentine got a second hit to be of assistance. Also in the second leg, claiming Alves has a starring role. With a beautiful volley, he waves the Monegasque dream of a stunt final goodbye. Juventus scores over two matches four times against the club from the principality. Three of those goals were Alves involved. On his 34th, he is his physical peak already over, but the engine is running or still. Without too many problems. With the usual rushes with and without the ball, agile offensive stoorwerk, refinement in the passing and solid defensive work, Alves back from never really left. Just like in the golden years of Barcelona, he is the old timer that indicates when the team on the flanks, switch and attack. To speed ie in Turin is not lost.

The man that is Lionel Messi the most of a goal provided – with 38 assists – in the meantime, four pieces on the kampioenenbal. Only Neymar (9), Cristiano Ronaldo (6) and Ousmane Dembélé (6) to do better. The ex-sous-chef of Messi picks up with the title and the bekerwinst – where he once again with a volleydoelpunt are crucial share in had two prizes in his first season in Italy. It should be in Catalonia a pain in the eyes. The missing them just that kind of unorthodox vleugelback. Sergi Roberto is functioning properly at that position, but clearly has neither the vista nor the return of Alves. Roberto is also already 25 and not in the least a coming man. Alves covered so many aspects of the game of Barcelona, that an equivalent replacement is almost impossible to find.

Serial winner

Anyway, Dani Alves remains just as in Seville and Barcelona, prices address. On June 3 he may be in Cardiff for the sixth time in his career, a European cup win. With Sevilla, he won twice the UEFA Cup (2006 and 2007) and with Barcelona he won three times the Champions League (2009, 2011 and 2015). In the Welsh capital is possible that he was the first player ever to three trebles wins and after ex-teammate Samuel Eto’o the second, which is that different clubs do.

Players with most awards:

36 – Maxwell (1 at Cruzeiro, 6 at Ajax, 5 in First, 10 in Barcelona and 14 in Paris Saint-Germain)

35 – Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)

33 – Dani Alves (5 in Seville, 23 in Barcelona, 2 in Top, 3 in Brazil)

33 – Vítor Baía (27 at Porto, 6 in Barcelona)

32 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (4 with Ajax, 2 with Juventus, 5 with Internazionale, 5 in Barcelona, 2 in AC Milan, 12 at Paris Saint-Germain, 2 at Manchester United)

In the ranking of players with the most trophies at the highest level climbed Alves last month to the third place. The Champions League may already be the 34th one in his cabinet. Profit would be a remarkable achievement, and demonstrate that Alves a season with any serious opposition even on his 34th with unaffected talent and strength can bend in a successful year. And, moreover, that he’s hip and happening.

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