Dani Alves is very much from the Cafu school of right-wingbacks. Irrepressible and able to take on opponents, he provides a potent attacking outlet.
Dani Alves first came to prominence at the FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE 2003, where he performed a prominent role in Brazil's conquest and was named the tournament's third-best player.
After breaking into the first team at Sevilla, he began to earn applause for his swashbuckling runs and by the time of his 22nd birthday in May 2005, was widely regarded as one of the world's finest full-backs. In 2006 and 2007, he helped Los Rojiblancos win the UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and two UEFA Cups.
Courted by a throng of European giants for a number of years, Dani Alves eventually joined Barcelona in a mega-money transfer in July 2008, breaking down in tears at a press conference to mark his departure from Sevilla. The Juazeiro native took little time to settle at Camp Nou, becoming an influential figure in Pep Guardiola's much-lauded team.
Daniel Alves made his Brazil debut in 2006, but thereafter has largely acted as a deputy to first-choice No2 Maicon. The first true highlight of his international career came in the final of the Copa America 2007, when he replaced Elano, set up his side's second and scored their third in a 3-0 reverse of Argentina.
Daniel’s splendid form has given Dunga one of his most enviable problems, as he must choose between two of the world finest right-wingbacks. The Brazilian head coach – trying to sort his troubles - did not hesitate to line up Alves as a winger or even an improvised left-wingback during South Africa 2010 qualifying and the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009.