On May 11, 2018, the Brazilian soccer federation announced that Daniel Alves would not compete in the World Cup in Russia. Three days before the selection of the coach, Tite, the doctor of the selection examined the right-back in Paris to assess whether he could recover in time from a ligament injury suffered with PSG. I could not. It seemed the end of Alves with La Canarinha, since his presence in the 2022 World Cup seems unlikely due to his age (he is now 36 years old). A year later, contrary to expectations, Alves is again untouchable on the right side of Brazil. Captain of the Canarinha, highlighted in the Copa America and without a successor to his height, and no one discards that he can reach the Qatar event.
Tite chose Daniel Alves as the only captain during the Copa América. He had discreet appearances in the opening games against Bolivia and Venezuela, scored a goal in the 5-0 win over Peru, was good against Paraguay and shined against Argentina, being chosen as the best in the semifinal of Mineirão de Belo Horizonte. "I'm not here to silence anyone's mouth, just to do my job and live up to the expectations that are created about me," said the side after the victory. "I know how old I am and what it means in football, but I have learned that people want results. I focus on this, not on what they will think of me, "he said. The physical strength he has shown in the South American tournament, where he has not been substituted in any match, has put him back in the window at a time when he is looking for a team after announcing that he will not continue in PSG.
"It was the union of my mental strength with my physical condition that brought me here," says the captain. "If it were not for PSG, I would not be here at this stage," confessed Tite after the semifinal over Alves, who will be in charge of lifting the Cup in Maracaná if Brazil beats Peru. It would be the 40th title of the player's career, the one that currently accumulates most in world football. The delivery of the trophy, according to the protocol of events of Conmebol, must have the president of the host country, in this case Jair Bolsonaro. The president discreetly participated in the inauguration, Brazil against Bolivia, and jumped into the grass of the Mineirão waving a flag of Brazil in the rest of the victory against Argentina. Alves rejected, in statements to this newspaper, that it bothers him to receive the Copa América of Bolsonaro: "He is our president and we must respect him. We (the players), like him, represent a nation. Respect in a society is the first step in building a truly great country. "
Brazil has never lost an America Cup when it played as host. In 103 years of tournament, it is the fifth time that receives it. He won at home in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989.