Remembering when Dani Alves played as a No.10 on his Sao Paolo debut

Dani Alves scored the winning goal on his debut for Sao Paolo

Happy 37th birthday Dani Alves, the man who has redefined the full-back role during his illustrious career.

As a right-back, the Barcelona and Brazil legend was often one of the most potent attacking threats on the pitch.

Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Alves would also regularly drift into midfield to help with build-up play in what was a truly revolutionarily tactical move.

Alves' attacking output with Barcelona was nothing short of remarkable. In his 391 games for the Blaugrana, the 37-year-old scored 21 goal and assisted another 100.

Essentially, Alves contributed to a goal once every three games, astonishing stuff. So it's no wonder that Sao Paolo were keen to milk the Brazilian icon's brilliance in attacking areas upon his arrival at the club after last summer's Copa America.

On his official debut against Ceara, the former Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain star was deployed as a No.10 and it worked an absolute treat.

Alves even scored the winning goal for Sao Paolo and you can watch his highlights from the game below.

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Delivering all the set-pieces and carrying the attacking burden of the team, Alves truly is one of the most complete footballers of all-time.

As per Transfermakt, the Brazilian icon has played 17 of his 22 games in the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian top-flight for Sao Paolo in midfield positions.

Eleven of those games have seen Alves deployed as the No.10, while he was even used as a defensive-midfielder in Sao Paolo's two Libertadores games back in March.

There are few - if any - players operating in the modern era capable of such levels of versatility.

Alves celebrates his goal

It was quite a surprise that one of Europe's elite didn't snap Alves up on a free transfer back in the summer, especially after his stellar Copa America campaign which saw him scoop the 43rd trophy of his career.

There's still time to try your luck in the Premier League, Dani...

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