MEXICO CITY (AP) — When Dani Alves left Barcelona a couple of months in the past, a number of groups have been deemed possibilites for the subsequent cease in his illustrious soccer profession. One of the least seemingly appeared to be Pumas of the Mexican League, but that’s what the Brazilian star selected.
Alves, who with 44 titles is essentially the most profitable participant in historical past, handed his medical checks Saturday and signed a contract to hitch the Mexico City staff.
“It fills us with satisfaction because Dani comes to contribute beyond his football. He comes to contribute his personality, his experience and comes to contribute his thirst for triumph,” stated Leopoldo Silva, president of the membership’s board.
After signing, Alves went to satisfy the staff’s different gamers and carried out his first coaching on the Pumas services. He then received a heat welcome when introduced to members of the staff’s fan membership, referred to as “La Rebel.”
“Coming here for many can be crazy, but for me football is more than kicking a ball or running after it,” Alves stated. “Football for me is not a sport, it is something that has transformed my life and I want it to continue to transform the lives of other young people. That’s why I accepted the challenge of coming to university.”
Among a few of his most excellent championships, the 39-year-old fullback has gained the Spanish League title six instances and three Champions Leagues trophies with Barcelona. He additionally gained two Copa America titles and an Olympics gold medal with Brazil’s nationwide squad.
Although he’s a veteran, the arrival of Alves to Mexican soccer is the most important signing since fellow Brazilian star Ronaldinho performed with Queretaro in 2014. For Pumas, Alves is essentially the most high-profile participant since Germany’s Bernd Schuster performed with the staff in 1996.
The signing of Alves shocked many as a result of Pumas has been working in recent times with a modest price range. The membership gained its final Mexican title in 2011.
But the staff’s management has modified its technique and signed two Argentines: offensive midfielder Eduardo Salvio and Gustavo del Prete. Pumas additionally renewed the contract of Argentine striker Juan Dinenno.
The staff hopes Alves generally is a good affect within the locker room, the place along with international gamers there’s a base of younger gamers who’re being wager on as the way forward for Pumas.
“Beyond the achievements in my career, I like to leave a legacy to younger people so they can keep dreaming and fighting for their dreams, because here is living proof that everything in life is possible,” Alves stated.