Dani Alves: Former PSG Defender Completes Sao Paulo Move
Former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves has joined boyhood club Sao Paulo on a free transfer.
Alves has signed a contract with the Brazilian giants until December 2022, it was announced on Thursday.
Explaining his decision, Alves said: “Now, in 2019 I could have picked anywhere to play but I chose to return to Brazil. For my country. For my people. For the club of my heart.”
— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) August 2, 2019
Alves had been linked to former club Barcelona and the Premier League, however, the veteran has opted to return home to Brazil as he eyes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Daniel Alves is the embodiment of what this management envisions for Sao Paulo – one of the leading players in the world and recognised for his immense professionalism, his fierce determination and his endless thirst for titles and victories,” club president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva said in a statement.
“He is also a socially engaged citizen and passionate about our country. Sao Paulo, therefore, wins on every possible front.
“One day I told Daniel that he would come to play at Sao Paulo, the club of his heart. Today I have the immense joy and pride to have kept that promise.”
Alves has won 40 trophies in his professional career – more than any other player in world football.
He captained Brazil to Copa America glory on home soil in July.