Following his return to Barcelona, Brazilian football legend Cafu believes compatriot Dani Alves is putting together an irresistible case to be named to the country’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which will be held in Qatar.
Alves will be 39 years old when the world’s most prestigious football tournament gets underway in November, but Cafu believes that age should not be a barrier.
According to Cafu, in an interview with the Brazilian news service UOL published on Thursday, “It’s incredible to see that Daniel Alves still has the energy to burn and the motivation to succeed.”
Since making his international debut in 2006, Alves has received a total of 119 caps. Despite having represented Brazil at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, he was unable to compete in the 2018 tournament in Russia due to a knee injury.
He signed an eight-month contract with the Catalan club in November, at the behest of a new manager and former teammate Xavi Hernandez. The right-back spent eight trophy-laden seasons with Barcelona before his 2016 move to Juventus.
According to Cafu, who captained the Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, “the most important thing is that he knows what he wants and that he has chosen Barcelona, which is not just any other club.”
“That gives him a legitimate chance to represent his country at the World Cup in Brazil next year… primarily because it defies the conventional wisdom that a 38-year-old player cannot play for a prestigious club. I also played for Milan until I was 38 years old. As a result, it is fantastic and sensational for him.”
Cafu also heaped praise on the current Brazil squad, which he believes is among the favorites to lift the World Cup trophy at Lusail stadium in December next year.
“Year after year, we have grown and changed. We qualified for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups well in advance of the competition, which had not happened in a long time previously. In Tite’s hands, they are playing excellent football, and they are well aware of the tasks ahead of them at the World Cup. The goal will be to make it to the finals “a former right-back was tacked on.