This highly experienced central defensive operator spent a decade of his career on the books at FC Porto, but he was sent out on loan for three of those seasons as he also turned out for Farense, Vitoria Guimaraes and AEK Athens on temporary deals.
The second of those loan spells meant he missed out on Porto’s 2004 Champions League success, but he established himself in their side a couple of years later and his international career was launched in earnest shortly after that elevation.
A back-up member of Portugal’s Euro 2008 squad, he was established as first pick at the World Cup finals a couple of years later and played in eight of his nation’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Costing £18.2m, he did not come cheap when Porto sold him to Russian side Zenit last summer and as Alves approaches the latter stage of his career, it was a deal they simply could not turn down. A powerhouse in the air and boasting leadership qualities, he is a key man for club and country.