- Brazil star Dani Alves will miss this year's World Cup in Russia
- He suffered a knee ligament injury in PSG's cup victory over Les Herbiers earlier this week
- The 35-year-old has won 37 career trophies to make him the most successful player on the planet
Paris Saint Germain right back Dani Alves has joined the list of stars that will be missing in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer according to Daily Mail.
The 35-year-old picked up a knee ligament injury during his side’s 2-0 triumph over Les Herbiers on Tuesday, May 8 in the French Cup final.
Alves wasn’t able to finish the match as limped off the pitch towards the end of the meeting against the lower league side.
However, the former Barcelona’s spokesman was quoted saying his client will need 'at least three weeks' to recover from the knock.
Meanwhile, reports coming from the south American country claim the defender will not be able to travel to Russia at all.
Daily Mail citing Fox Sports Brazil disclosed that his national team coach Tite has started shopping for possible replacements before he names his 23-man squad for the finals in Russia on Monday.
Topping the list of those that could take Alves’ place in the Brazil squad is Corinthians right back Fagner, who was invited for the friendlies against Russia and Germany in March while Manchester City's Danilo will be among the contenders to replace him.
The former Sevilla man has made 107 appearances for Brazil, scoring seven goals in the process and looked set to play a major part for his country once again this summer.
Alves is the third most capped player for Brazil with 107 appearances and seven goals since he made his debut with the team on October 10, 2006.
Cafu is the player with the most appearances for Brazil with 142 matches, followed by former Real Madrid star, Roberto Carlos – 125.
But he will be missing in action when the Samba boys begin their campaign for this year’s championship in Russia next month.
Brazil play warm-up matches against Croatia on June 3 and Austria seven days later before heading to Russia where they will face group rivals Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.
The south American counter are the most successful country in the championship – winning the trophy five times in their history, followed by Germany and Italy with four titles each.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Alves became the most successful player after winning his 36th trophy earlier this season.
With his side's victory over the lower league side this week, the Brazilian has increased his title haul to 37 in his career.
The 25-year-old joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 where he won 23 trophies in eight seasons.
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