FIFA World Cup: Alves becomes Brazil's oldest player to play in mega event

The right-back made his debut for Brazil in 2006

By Web Desk
December 03, 2022
Brazil has already qualified for the round of 16 — AFP

Defender Daniel Alves became the oldest player to play for Brazil in FIFA World Cup as he took the field against Cameroon in his team's last group contest in this year's mega event at the Lusail Stadium on Saturday.

The 39-year-old, who currently represents UNAM Pumas in Mexico, will serve as captain after manager Tite made changes to his squad.

Brazil has already qualified for the round of 16, and if they don't lose, they will top Group G.

"For me, it represents the fact that I can wear the Brazil jersey. It makes me very proud to be here," the fullback said.

"I've been with the Brazilian squad for many years and to be able to wrap up this cycle, playing a World Cup, makes me very happy. It's been 16 years with the national squad and I've tried to do my very best. Life, I think, always rewards the people who love what they do, who truly do their best in the mission," he added.

The former Barcelona defender, after overcoming a knee ailment, is participating in his third World Cup. 

In order to advance, Cameroon must win and hope Switzerland loses to Serbia. Cameroon came back from two goals down to tie 3-3 with Serbia in their previous match.