Dani Alves joins Brazil's Sao Paulo after PSG exit

2019 Aug 2

Former Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves has returned to play in his native country for the first time in 17 years as the veteran defender has signed a transfer deal with his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC until December 2022.

The Brazil international right-back was a free agent following his PSG departure after two years with the French side.

The Brazilian Dani Alves captained Brazil to Copa America glory on home soil over the summer and was also voted by organisers as the player of the tournament, but the 36-year-old has not played since the 3-1 win over Peru in the final on July 7 at the Maracana Stadium.

The veteran right-back started his career at Bahia before moving to Sevilla in Spain in 2002 when he was 19. He gave 6 years of service to Sevilla before moving to the Blaugrana in 2008. Alves spent 8 years with Barcelona, making 247 appearances in Catalonia and winning 22 titles while at the club.

After leaving Spain, the player spent a solitary season at Juventus winning the Serie A title. Brazil captain joined PSG two seasons ago helping the French club win two consecutive Ligue 1 trophies.

The victory of the Copa America with Brazil in July marked the 40th trophy in his professional career, making him the most decorated player in history.

Dani Alves has expressed his excitement to be back in his native country playing for Sao Paulo, the club he supported as a youngster.

"I could've picked any other team to play for, but I chose to come back to Brazil, to my country, to my people. To the club I love."
"It's unreal, but I'm here!"