When it comes to football’s deadliest duos, your thought might not instantly jump to a right back and a striker.
There’s not much that hasn’t been written about the glory years at Barcelona when Pep Guardiola was in charge and the aforementioned Messi was making Europe his playground.
They were simply unstoppable on all fronts, blowing opponents away in waves of tiki-taka perfection that, for the neutral, were simply joyous to watch.
Andres Iniesta and Xavi formed one of the greatest idfield double-acts that football has ever seen but Messi and Alves still somehow found a way to hog the limelight.
That’s because, when Messi and Alves linked up, it was never mundane or run-of-the-mill, but always jaw-droppingly brilliant.
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They never did things by halves, always finding some new outrageous way to goal bamboozling defender after defender over the years.
The pair just got each other – they new what the other was thinking, what their next move would be and it made for some truly delightful football.
From simply bonkers assists to ruthless sequences of one-twos, they really could do absolutely everything.
Now, on the occasion of Alves birthday, we though we would bring out some of the pair’s finest moments together thanks to a video that you may want to watch again and again.
It’s the sort of football that, if we didn’t have it on video, you would have an impossible tak of convincing people that it actually happened.
Their careers have gone in different directions since those heady days with Messi now at PSG and Alves taking a long and winding road back to Barcelona.
However, we will always have the ridiculous memories that they provided us with on a weekly basis to look back on.