Daniel Alves da Silva (born 6 May 1983), commonly known as Dani Alves (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈdɐ̃ni ˈawvis]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Spanish club Barcelona and the Brazil national team.
Alves made his professional debut for Esporte Clube Bahia in a match against Paraná Clube for the 2001 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Bahia won 3–0, with Alves providing two assists and winning a penalty for the other goal. Coach Evaristo de Macedo gave him a starting place in the team from then on. His consistently good performances landed him a transfer, at first on a loan, to Spanish side Sevilla, midway through 2002.
After 2002–03, on loan to Sevilla from Bahia, Alves travelled to play in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he impressed as Brazil won the tournament. He was named the third-best player of the tournament and, after this, the Sevilla move was made permanent.
In June 2006, Sevilla agreed to sell Alves to Liverpool, but Liverpool were unable to match Sevilla’s asking price of around £8 million. In December 2006, he signed a new contract with Sevilla, tying him to the club until 2012. He had a successful 2006–07 season, making 47 appearances and scoring five goals. He played in every one of Sevilla’s UEFA Cup matches, in a competition which the club went on to win.
From his years in Spain, Alves acquired Spanish citizenship, thus allowing him to bypass any non-EU quota restrictions and exempting him from needing a work permit to play in any EU countries.
On 16 August 2007, Sevilla rejected an unspecified Chelsea bid and, six days later, rejected another two bids from Chelsea, considering them to be “way below what was expected.” Alves later revealed his dismay with Sevilla President José María del Nido for having knocked back Chelsea’s offers for his services after his move to Stamford Bridge collapsed, with Chelsea signing fellow Brazilian full back Juliano Belletti for a much lower fee. After a public war of words between Alves and del Nido and the death of teammate Antonio Puerta, Alves decided to stay with Sevilla, with player and president appearing reconciled.
On 2 July 2008, Alves joined Barcelona. He left Sevilla in tears and said that he would love to play for Sevilla again. He said that he came to Sevilla as a boy and is now leaving as a man, but later broke down in tears at the press conference. The official price of the transfer stood at £23 million up front, with about £7 million more depending on a number of performance-related factors over the next few seasons of Alves’ Barcelona career, making him the world’s most expensive defender and the third-most expensive player bought by Barça. He signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, which included a buy-out clause of €90 million.
On 2 June 2016, Roberto Fernández, Barcelona’s technical secretary, announced that Dani Alves is leaving FC Barcelona this summer after eight years. Although his contract was until 30 June 2017, Barcelona allowed Alves to leave on a free-transfer. Alves is the second-most decorated footballer in European competitions of all time with nine European medals, leaving him one behind Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.
On 27 June 2016, Juventus announced the signing of Dani Alves on a 2-year deal.
Alves was appointed as a Special Olympics Ambassador for its Global Football program, charged with promoting respect and inclusion in football for people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.