"Whoever signs me will be bringing a champion to their team"
In an interview broadcast on the "Globo" channel in Brazil on Sunday, Alves was thrilled to comment on his recent performance as captain of the Brazilian team that won the Copa América, which for him represented the fortieth title of his career at 36 years old.
"I remember each of those titles. The first was with Bahia and I won it without playing," as he was a substitute at the time (2001), when he was taking his first steps in the race, he recalled.
Then followed the championships won during his stay in Spanish football with Sevilla and FC Barcelona, in Italy with Juventus and finally with PSG, which add to other titles with the Brazilian national team, among which he's only missing a World Cup.
Even so, he considered that if he puts his "body and soul" into it, he may be able to reach the Qatar 2022 World Cup, although he clarified that he has proposed to go "step by step" and that the first thing in that process will be to define his next destination.
"Now I'm free, I have many things to conquer in football and with that spirit I go anywhere, but the only thing I can say is that whoever hires me will have a champion," said Alves, who pointed out that he has not yet decided anything, but that he intends to go to the club that presents him with the greatest "challenge".
In the interview he also talked about his relationship with Lionel Messi and Neymar, two of the great friends that football has given him.
In relation to the Argentinean, Alves avoided deepening the harsh criticism he made of CONMEBOL and the organization of the Copa America in Brazil, in which the Barcelona player ended up expelled in the match for third place against Chile.
"It's a delicate subject. Sometimes you have to be a little careful with that, even because how we played (with the Brazilian national team) on the field was deserving of winning the title," Alves said.
On Neymar and his almost certain exit from PSG, the full-back also opted to be cautious. "Neymar is big enough to know what he's doing with his life," he said.