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PSG's Dani Alves changes number to honour Brazil legend Mario Zagallo

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Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves has switched from No. 32 to No. 13 in an homage to Brazil legend and two-time World Cup winner Mario Zagallo ahead of the upcoming season.

Alves, who is beginning his second season at PSG, is not expected to return until the end of December at the earliest after undergoing on his right knee in June.

"I have always liked to change numbers and honour the people who, in a way, have inspired me and made sense to my life," Alves wrote on Instagram. "This time, this is for our idol -- the unforgettable [Mario] Zagallo.

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🤪

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"I have always believed that any homage should be made in life. He is a person who has done a lot for our football, somebody who knows how difficult it is to succeed in what we do and somebody who encourages others. He will always be deserving of my respect and admiration."

Alves, 35, scored one Ligue 1 goal and added six assists in 25 appearances in his first season at PSG and is the most decorated active player after winning the Coupe de France, his 38th title.