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Dani Alves Makes São Paulo Debut, Scores Game-Winning Goal

Dani Alves made his debut for São Paulo FC, the club he’s supported his whole life, in Brazil’s Série A today, and it’ll come as a surprise to absolutely no one that he marked the occasion with a game-winning goal.

The 36-year-old has been synonymous with two things throughout his illustrious career: (1) his unmatched penchant for winning, including 40 trophies won, and (2) his ability — although he’s one of the best right backs of all time — to play anywhere on the pitch, including goalkeeper.

Both of those facets were on display today as his goal lifted São Paulo to a 1-0 victory over Ceará, and he was deployed in the attacking midfield position while wearing the No. 10. São Paulo’s right back is now actually Juanfran, the former Atlético Madrid star.

Here’s the goal.

The victory lifts São Paulo up to fifth in the table, five points behind Santos with the Brazilian season approaching the halfway point.

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