Dani Alves has revealed why he opted to change numbers at Paris Saint-Germain for this season
The Brazilian full-back was assigned the No.32 shirt when he arrived at the Parc Des Princes last summer from Juventus.
But Alves has opted to switch numbers for the 2018/19 campaign.
The former Barcelona star now has the No.13 in honour of Mario Zagallo.
Zagallo was the first person to win the World Cup as both a manager (1970) and as a player (1958 & 1962) for the Brazilian national side.
“The professor” also worked as an assistant coach in Brazil’s 1994 World Cup triumph.
13 was the lucky number of the legendary Brazilian coach and it eventually became regarded as one of his symbols.
Alves took to Instagram with a picture of his new PSG shirt with a heartfelt message.
“For me, as you well know the most important stories are written by their owners, the pages are not the most important, but what will be written on them,” wrote Alves.
“I always like to change numbers and honour people who somehow inspire me, people that have meaning in my life …. this time goes to our idol and unforgettable Old wolf Zagallo … always believed that any homage it should be made in life.
“A person who did what he did for our football, a people who knows how difficult it is to be successful in what we do and a people who cheer for other people always deserve my respect and admiration.
“Ahhh, just one thing, no one’s gonna swallow me no, you might try to gag.”
It’s not the first time Alves has swapped shirt numbers.
Alves previously switched his shirt numbers at Barcelona three times between 2008 to 2016.
Whilst at the Camp Nou, he had the No.6, No.20 and No.22 shirts.
Currently, the 35-year-old is still recovering from a knee injury.
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Para mim como vocês bem sabem as histórias mais importantes são escritas pelos seus donos, as páginas não são o mais importante e sim o que estarão escritas nelas. Sempre gosto de mudar números e homenagear pessoas que de alguma forma me inspiram, pessoas que tem significado na minha vida…. dessa vez vai para nosso ídolo e inesquecível Velho lobo Zagallo… sempre acreditei que qualquer homenagem ela deve ser feita em vida. Uma pessoa que fez o que fez pelo nosso futebol, uma pessoal que sabe o difícil que é ser exitosos naquilo que fazemos e uma pessoal que torce para outras pessoas sempre merece o meu respeito e minha admiração. Ahhh, só uma coisa, ninguém vai ter me engolir não rs, pode que se tentem engasguem😂. #ilovethisgametoo😜 #GoodCrazy13 #reenventarseépreciso #newchallenge #morefastmorefurioussoon🤪