And finally at No.1 is Brazil’s hugely skillful and versatile wingback that plies his trade at Spain playing for the league champions— Barcelona.
Alves first started to show a glimpse of his talent in a six-year spell with Sevilla. Under Juande Ramos, Alves helped Sevilla to win the Copa del Rey and also two UEFA Cups.
His dead-ball ability wowed the fans of Sevilla but they were consigned to losing him after big clubs namely Liverpool and Chelsea went all out for this strong defender.
In the end, it was Barca who successfully captured him for a hefty price of €34 million plus add-ons of €6 million thus, becoming the most expensive defender in history.
In his debut season, he was an integral part down the right hand side often complementing World Player of The Year, Messi. He helped them to win the Treble and completed his inaugural season with the Spanish giants by winning six trophies.
The next season, Alves's Barca won the championship after a thrilling race with Real Madrid to be crowned La Liga champions. Barca managed to amass 99 points, which is a La Liga record.
It's exciting to watch Alves play as he often cuts past defenders and always helps his teammates to get the goals with his accurate crosses. He himself has already scored 8 goals for Barca.
In the international scene, he made his debut in 2006 and was part of the team that won the Copa America and FIFA Confederations Cup.
In the Copa America, he scored and set up a goal in the 3-0 final win against fierce rivals Argentina and in last year's Confederations Cup, he scored the winner against World Cup hosts South Africa.
That goal was a trademark Brazilian finish reminding everyone of what Roberto Carlos used to do for the Samba Boys. Brazil won 1-0 and won the tournament after defeating surprise packages—USA.
Alves has 33 caps for Brazil and has so far scored three goals.
Even though, Dunga has made it crystal clear that Maicon is the first choice right back, that doesn't mean that Alves would be warming the bench.
He would probably get to play slightly in front of Maicon as a wingback and it is surely going to be truly wonderful to watch Alves play.