Dani Alves: 'I would rather have been a musician than a footballer'

Paris Saint-Germain Dani Alves has made a stunning revelation that playing professional football was not his ambition in his early days.

The Brazil international has won 19 major honours in his career including the Champions League and Europa League twice, but he would not have achieved the accolades, had things gone his way.

Speaking in an exclusive with FourFourTwo, Alves admitted that he spent his youth fiddling with musical instruments, and his father was the prime reason behind him switching to football, he said: "Honestly, I would have rather been a musician, but I accepted his idea to be a footballer, I managed to make his dream come true, something I couldn't imagine even in my wildest dreams. I made the dream of my biggest idol, my role model, come true.

"He used to love football very much. When I started to understand his passion, I entered into the football world and learned to admire great players. My reference was Cafu because of his history. It was an inspiration. He was a reference to me."

Speaking further, Alves admitted that there is a visible lack of respect in the way the beautiful game is played nowadays with clubs considering it more of a business. Despite this, Alves would undoubtedly be pleased plying his trade for Paris Saint-Germain whom he joined from Juventus earlier in the summer.

The 34-year-old has shared the duties alongside Thomas Meunier on the right side of the defence while he has got the chance to share the dressing room with compatriots Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura – most of whom are regulars with the Brazilian national side. Paris Saint-Germain have made a strong start to their Ligue 1 campaign, and they are already three points ahead of last season's champions AS Monaco, who are likely to be their only competitors this term.