A move to Manchester City and another spell with Pep Guardiola looked on the cards for Dani Alves, but the Brazilian footballer has never been predictable

Dani Alves has chosen his next destination, and has joined French giants Paris Saint Germain. After rescinding his contract with Italy’s champions Juventus, the Brazilian had to choose between the French club, or a reunion with former Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Has Alves made the right move, ahead of a World Cup season?

Dani Alves is widely regarded as one of the finest fullbacks of his generation, if not in history. After winning league titles in Spain and Italy, the Brazilian has now opted to experience life in Ligue 1. Over the past few weeks, there had been growing optimism in Manchester, that the maverick footballer was all set to sign for City under a coach he played for at Barcelona. The Brazilian’s comments about how working under Guardiola once again would be a very tempting adventure, certainly had a lot to do with that. But reports in England confirmed the 34-year old snubbed City at the last minute, after PSG came in with a salary almost twice as high.

In footballing terms, Alves is joining one of the top eight Champions League sides, so is guaranteed involvement in European football as well as the opportunity to add the French league to his own personal trophy room. In World Cup season, he is set to be plying his trade at one of the finest teams in the continent, a team that adopts possession-orientated football, which would suit his abilities as a wide-playmaker, rather than a traditional dynamic flying-fullback.

Internazionale centreback, João Miranda, has been receiving a lot of criticism from Brazil fans, following his recent performerances. The growing consensus is that Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, is the way to go ahead of next summer’s prestigious tournament. With Alves operating at PSG, in the same back-line as his two compatriots, chances are this could be good news for Seleção fans, as the chemistry between key members is set to receive a boost.

Chancing his luck in the English Premier League, would have been a very interesting experience as well. However, Alves was protected by three centre-backs during his time in Turin, whereas Guardiola’s offensive set-up would leave him exposed to counter-attacks, with greater defensive responsibilities. At 34, age is certainly not by Alves’ side – as the EPL is a very demanding league – and would have required him to increase his efforts because of the high tempo and the quick transitions. In France, the 2017 Champions League finalist will have less adaptation problems, in theory.

Dani Alves has won it all at club level as well as with Brazil’s national team, except a certain trophy – which happens to be the most prestigious one among them all. In the dying years of his career, Alves has the right to prioritize adding the World Cup over more European achievements. Whether he chose PSG for higher wages, or for purely football reasons, it is completely up for him – and we cannot blame him for that. The Brazilian star has earned this right, after all his contributions in World Football.

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