Dani Alves is considered one of the best right backs to ever play. It was not only his ability on the ball that kept him in these conversations, but also the impressive trophy cabinet that he boasts.
However, talk now surrounding Alves has turned sour after the former Barcelona star was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for rape.
Mail Sport looks at the rise and fall of the former Brazil international who worked his way from humble beginnings to stardom before tarnishing his legacy as a result of an incident that took place on December 30, 2022.
The personal life of Dani Alves.
Alves was born in Juazeiro, State of Bahia in Brazil, on May 6, 1983. He was born into a poor family to father Domingos Alves Da Silva and mother Doña Lucía.
His father was a farmer, while his mother was a housewife. Alves has a brother, Ney Alves.
Dani Alves was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for rape
Alves was considered one of the best right-back players in football and played with some of the greats, including Messi, Neymar and Iniesta.
Alves’ father, Domingos, said since he was little that Dani would always be playing football.
Alves Sr even takes credit for putting Alves Jr in the position he is known for. He claims that his son used to play as a right winger when he was six years old, but due to a lack of goals scored he changed his position to right back.
Alves has a brother, Ney, they are very close and often appear on each other’s social media accounts.
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How old is Alves?
Dani Alves is 40 years old.
Dani Alves’ relationships
The 40-year-old has been married twice. He married his first wife Dinora Santana in 2008, after they began dating on New Year’s Day 2005.
The marriage lasted only three years and they went their separate ways and divorced in 2011.
The reason for the divorce has not been revealed to date, but at the time there were rumors that Alves had flirted with Brazilian soap opera actress Thaissa Carvalho.
Alves remarried in 2017 to the Spanish model Joana Sanz (10 years his junior) in a secret ceremony in Ibiza.
Sanz announced that she would divorce Alves in 2023 after he admitted to having had sexual relations with the women involved in his assault case.
Alves had two children with his first wife Dinora Santana, whom he married in 2008.
Alves remarried in 2017 with the Spanish model Joana Sanz
Alves’ ex-wife attended the court hearing with her mother Lucía while the verdict was read
The couple married in a secret ceremony in Ibiza back in 2017, Sanz is 10 years younger than him
Does Dani Alves have children?
Alves has two children, a boy and a girl, from his first marriage to Dinora Santana.
His first daughter, Victoria, was born in October 2007 and the birthday of his youngest son, Daniel Alves, is unknown.
Dani Alves career
Who did Dani Alves play for?
- Bahia (2001-2003)
- Seville (2003–08)
- Barcelona (2008-16)
- Juventus (2016-17)
- PSG (2017-19)
- Sao Paulo (2019-21)
- Barcelona (2021-22)
- UNAM (2022-23)
Alves began his professional football career at his boyhood club Bahia before joining Sevilla in 2003.
It was in Seville that Alves proved to be one of the best right-backs to ever play the game.
His outstanding performances caught the attention of many of European football’s giants, with interest coming from Liverpool and Chelsea.
In the end an offer came that neither Alves nor Sevilla could reject, much to the chagrin of the Sevilla fans.
Alves had his breakout season at Sevilla, receiving attention from clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea before eventually moving to Barcelona.
On 2 July 2008, Alves signed for Barcelona for £23 million, to which approximately £7 million more would be added if Alves acted, which he duly did.
Here. He became a club legend by winning six LaLiga titles, three Champions Leagues, three FIFA Club World Cups, four Copas del Rey, four Spanish Super Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.
Alves then played for Italian giants Juventus during the 2016-17 season before joining PSG from 2017 to 2019. He then returned to his homeland, Brazil, to play for Sao Paulo from 2019 to 2021.
In 2021-22 he rejoined the club that made it all happen for him, Barcelona, for one season before leaving to join Mexican side UNAM.
He also played for the Brazil national team from 2006 to 2022.
Dani Alves enjoyed most of his success as a Barcelona player, winning 23 trophies during his time playing for them.
Alves played for Brazil from 2006 to 2022, winning two Copa América during his tenure. He also captained the 2020 Olympic gold medal-winning Brazilian team.
The Mexican UNAM, which was the last club Alves played for, enjoyed a brief spell at the club after leaving Barcelona for the second time.
How many Trophies has Alves won?
Dani Alves is the most decorated player in history.
His official trophy tally stands at a whopping 43 trophies.
What is Dani Alves’s net worth?
Dani Alves’ net worth is estimated to be around $60 million (£47 million).
Dani Alves won an impressive six trophies in 2009
What is Dani Alves’ greatest achievement?
One of Alves’ most impressive achievements is winning 2020 Olympic gold with Brazil as captain, making him the oldest player to achieve this milestone.
He also managed to win a dazzling six trophies in 2009.
That roll call allowed him to win LaLiga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Cup.