Dani Alves on Saturday night gave Paris Saint-Germain an indication of just what he can bring to the club this season.
Despite the 34-year-old spending the vast majority of his career playing at right-back, he has popped up with numerous key goals and assists in his time. Just last season with Champions League finalists Juventus Alves accounted for six goals and seven assists in 33 games, helping the Turin outfit to the Italian double and putting them within 90 minutes of European glory.
Now at PSG, the Brazil international is already indicating it will be more of the same this term as he looks to make his mark on French football having already made a significant impact in La Liga with Barcelona and had a brief but prosperous stint in Italy.
Facing Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in the Trophée des Champions on Saturday, Alves showed us exactly what he can bring to the party when he stepped up to take a free-kick from all of 30 yards out.
What resulted was a stunning net-breaker:
This goal, which contributed to a 2-1 win for the Parisians, will now surely have PSG fans licking their lips ahead of the new season. Their Ligue 1 campaign begins with a home clash against Amiens on Saturday next.
Having lost out on the league title last year to Saturday night’s opponents the race for the French title this year should be even more interesting, particularly with the Les Rouges et Blancs having lost the likes of Tiemoué Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena