Dani Alves says his 2006 Uefa Cup win against Middlesbrough with Sevilla remains the “best moment” of his career.
The 36-year-old has picked up a staggering 40 career titles – making him football’s most decorated footballer of all time.
Alves’ crowning moment: Five things to know…
- Alves is the most decorated footballer of all time with 40 titles.
- His honours include La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A titles, as well as Champions League and Copa America winners’ medals.
- But the Brazilian is adamant his 2006 Uefa Cup win with Sevilla as his best moment.
- That was Sevilla’s first major honour since the 1945/46 La Liga title.
- Alves also believes he’s still in with a chance of making Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad.
His list of major honours includes a host of La Liga titles and Champions League crowns with Barcelona, Serie A and Ligue 1 titles with Juventus and PSG, as well as the 2007 and 2019 Copa America with Brazil.
But that 2006 Uefa Cup triumph – the first major trophy of his career – remains the highlight for Alves, who was pleased to play a part in the remarkable transformation at the club during that time.
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“The best moment of my career was when I won the first title with Sevilla,” he told the Guardian.
“It was with a team that, when I arrived, was battling against relegation. Being part of that reconstruction is an ecstasy of emotions. You see everyone crying, people happy in the city. A story started to be written there. Being part of that is sensational.”
2022 World Cup in Alves’ sights
Alves now plays his football with Sao Paulo back in his homeland but despite being out of the European pressure cooker and advancing toward his 40s, he still has a place in Brazil’s 2022 World Cup team well within his sights and is dreaming of closing his career with more national team glory.
“I’m going after that dream to be champion, to close an era with the Brazilian national team, to help my country get back on top,” he added.
“You know what motivates me most? When everybody stops believing in me. When they say: ‘This guy is worthless, this guy can’t play in midfield, can’t do this or that.’
“Just wait. I was comfortable in Europe, but I like discomfort.”