In a world where upwards of £50m is being spent regularly by top clubs in order to sign the players they believe will deliver them success, Juventus managed to capture the one man who can guarantee silverware wherever he goes, and they did it for absolutely nothing.
Dani Alves, who arrived in Turin on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer, helped the Bianconeri to their third successive Coppa Italia success, last night, with the Brazilian scoring in a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.
Staggeringly, the cup final victory was Alves' THIRTY SECOND major honour.
This will likely become 33 this weekend when Juventus entertain lowly Crotone. Victory will deliver The Old Lady their sixth successive Scudetto and Alves will have yet another medal to wear around his neck.
Last night's victory over Lazio has now drawn the Brazilian full-back level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the third most successful footballer on planet Earth.
Ibrahimovic could of course receive a 33rd medal himself should Manchester United lift the Europa League on Wednesday, when they take on Ajax in the final in Stockholm.
But Alves could soon go one better than the mercurial Swede, with a chance to win his fourth Champions League title just over two weeks away. All that stands between the former Barcelona man and what will likely be trophy number 34 is Real Madrid, who will be Juve's opponents in the final in Cardiff.
The 2015 Champions League. Just 1/32 of Alves' collection. Image: PA
Ahead of Alves and Ibrahimovic in second place, is Ryan Giggs. The Welshman amassed 35 major honours during his 23 years as a Manchester United player, including an incredible 13 Premier League titles, along with four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.
Topping the list? Alves' countryman and Ibrahimovic's former PSG teammate, Maxwell.
Maxwell's trophy haul has been helped considerably by Ibrahimovic's goals. Image: PA
Staggeringly, the PSG man has won 36 major honours during his career, which has taken in spells with Cruzeiro, Ajax, Internazionale and Barcelona.
Maxwell, who despite his record breaking trophy haul has only been capped by his country 10 times, has proven to be a good luck charm wherever he's gone, although following Zlatan around no doubt helped his cause a considerable amount.
His trophy collection in full is as follows:
1 x Copa do Brasil: 2000
2 x Eredivisie: 2001-02, 2003-04
2 x Dutch Cup: 2001-02, 2005-06
2 x Dutch Super Cup: 2002, 2005
3 x Serie A: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
2 x Italian Super Cup: 2006, 2008
2 x La Liga: 2009-10, 2010-11
3 x Spanish Super Cup: 2009, 2010, 2011
1 x Champions League: 2010-11
2 x UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
2 x Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
4 x Ligue 1: 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16
2 x French Cup: 2014-15, 2015-16
3 x French League Cup: 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16
4 x French Super Cup: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Can Alves overtake his compatriot before he calls time on his medal laden career, though?
(H/T The Mirror)
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