Brazilian giants Sao Paulo have announced the signing of Daniel Alves, ending the full-back’s 17 year sojourn in Europe.
The veteran defender, 36, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will keep him on Sao Paulo’s payroll until year 2022.
The club announced the transfer on their official Twitter account.
“Pelo meu país, pelo meu povo. Pelo meu clube de coração” 🇾🇪🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/n7w5s3NUrl
— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) August 1, 2019
“Daniel Alves is the embodiment of what this management envisions for Sao Paulo – one of the leading players in the world and recognised for his immense professionalism, his fierce determination and his endless thirst for titles and victories,” club president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva said in a statement.
“He is also a socially engaged citizen and passionate about our country. Sao Paulo, therefore, wins on every possible front.
“One day I told Daniel that he would come to play at Sao Paulo, his heart club. Today I have the immense joy and pride to have kept that promise.”
Daniel Alves has won trophies in Spain, Italy and France in a hugely successful career that has seen him star for some of the world’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Juventus and PSG.
“I could’ve picked any other team to play for,” Alves said. “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!”
😍🇾🇪 O meu craque veste a 10! É isso: @DaniAlvesD2 é o novo camisa 10 do Tricolor. Corre para comprar a sua, personalizada com o nome e o número dele: https://t.co/FqSdXLRPMh#DaniEstáAqui pic.twitter.com/MvM15DlIj8
— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) August 2, 2019
The club have also confirmed that the World Cup winner will wear the Number 10 jersey.