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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, football | Did you know? Dani Alves and the record that explains his return to the Seleção

Dani Alves appears at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with 38 years and a completely intact competitive hunger to try to revalidate the gold that Brazil conquered for the first time in Rio 2016 with Neymar. The São Paulo player volunteered to lead the U-24 team led by André Jardine to continue increasing his own legend, which places him as the player with the most titles won in the history of football.

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Alves had never participated in a Games before, and touching 40 it was difficult to think that in Tokyo he could have the opportunity, but Jardine saw it clearly and did not hesitate to summon him to give him the captain’s armband. Alves will be one of the veterans of the Seleção together with goalkeeper Santos and Sevilla central defender Diego Carlos, but he has not come to Japan to walk around, but is at a time in a very suitable way to be an important player in the search for a new gold for Brazil.

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Dani enters that player vacancy with a leadership profile and a very successful history with the national team. It is a great reference for all athletes. ”

Dani Alves currently has 43 titles under his belt, well ahead of Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta, who have seven less. Although he is already in the final stretch of his career, the São Paulo player is determined to raise the bar to 50 trophies in their showcases so no one can catch up with it for years to come In an interview on the FIFA website, the Brazilian full-back confirmed that figure and noted: “I think it would be incredible, historic.” The fact of having more titles than years on his identity card (38) speaks of the successful career that the former Barcelona and Sevilla player has lived.

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The Brazilian team debuts this Thursday at the Olympic Games against Germany in the star duel of the first day of the group stage. Along with captain Alves, there will also be top names such as Richarlison, Everton winger who also played in the last Copa América; Martinelli, the young promise of Arsenal, or Bruno Fernandes, a midfielder gifted with as much vision of the game as he is technique. All of them, in addition to the Real Madrid player Reinier, will try to take the baton from Neymar and company when they settled a historical debt of Brazil with football five years ago in Maracaná. Now is the turn to push Alves towards that stratospheric record of 50 titles that he will try to tackle with the national team and São Paulo starting this Thursday. Live every unmissable moment live on the Eurosport App

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