After Alves joined Barcelona, the most brilliant player in the European leagues
At the age of 38, Brazilian Dani Alves has returned to Barcelona after spending the past two years in his country’s league with Sao Paulo, but the international right-back who has starred in European stadiums is not the oldest player in the old continent.
The agreement between Barca and Alves did not take more than 24 hours to reach an agreement regarding the return of the free player to the Camp Nou stadium.
Alves became a free agent after his contract with Sao Paulo was terminated following a dispute over financial arrears.
Alves has been playing in Brazil since 2019 after 17 years in Europe with Seville, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the most successful player in the history of football by winning a total of 45 titles, including the Olympic football gold, and he wears the armband of the Brazilian national team in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Alves agreed to reduce the contract period and wages to a minimum, to help Barcelona avoid violating FFP regulations. The goal is clear, as the Brazilian player wants to participate in the Qatar World Cup 2022, when he is 39 years old.
Returning to the veteran players in the skies of Europe, it appears to us that Alves is the third most active player in the major European leagues.
- Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Italy): 40 years
- Portuguese Pepe (Porto Portugal): 38 years
- Brazilian Alves (Barcelona): 38 years
- Brazilian Thiago Silva (Chelsea): 37 years
- Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United): 36 years