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Dani Alves will change his traditional shirt number vs Argentina - here’s why

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Dani Alves is set to pay tribute to the late Carlos Alberto when Brazil take on Argentina on Thursday night by wearing his old number 4 jersey.

The former Selecao left-back passed away at the age of 72 in October, and not only will Alves switch from his traditional number 2 shirt, but he will also don a special armband with the words "Eterno Capitao" (eternal captain) etched on it, according to the Daily Mirror.

Carlos Alberto passed away as a bonafide Brazilian legend, collecting 69 caps and scoring nine goals in a 13-year career with the national team that also saw him lift the World Cup in 1970.

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But Brazil's clash with Argentina this week will have a significant meaning anyway. With the South American qualifying group now heating up, the two old enemies meet with a lot hanging in the balance.

Brazil currently sit top of the group with 21 points from 10 games, but just a single point ahead of second place side Uruguay.

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However, things are looking decidedly different for Argentina, who are already in danger of missing out on the tournament completely.

La Albiceleste are languishing down in sixth place, despite the wealth of talent at their disposal, having picked up a paltry 16 points from their own 10 games.

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It should also be a special night for the Juventus defender as he is set to become the first player to wear the captain's armband twice since new manager Tite took over.

So far the armband has been shared between Alves, who took the honour on during Brazil's recent 2-1 win over Colombia, Joao Miranda, who wore it against Ecuador, Renato Augusto took it on against Bolivia and Felipe Luis, who wore it for their meeting with Venezuela.

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At 33, Alves is one of the country's most experienced squad members, collecting 96 caps and scoring seven goals along the way.

He has also enjoyed his own fair share of success during this time, lifting the Copa America in 2007 and the Confederations Cup twice in 2009 and 2013.

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