Whether he is strutting in his wife's heels on social media or flying past an unsuspecting opponent on the football pitch, Dani Alves rarely fails to draw attention. The Bahia native, who turned 36 in May, has become something of a cult superstar thanks to his off-field antics, delighting fans with videos of his off-beat - so as not to say wholly insane - behaviour. But it is on the field where Alves really shows what he is made of. At an age where most players are hanging up their boots, he has the drive, talent and fitness to keep pushing himself to the limit - and Brazil , for one, could not be more grateful. While the Selecao have been blessed with wonderful right-backs over the years, he might just be the best of the lot, surpassing even a Canarinha legend and multiple World Cup winner like Cafu. On Tuesday, Argentina became the latest team to suffer the wrath of Brazil's fireball full-back, who gave an impossibly complete performance to inspire his side to victory and the Copa America final.
It wasn't an easy ride though and Dani spent several stages on Friday trying to control a sticking throttle pedal. Without that, he reckons he could have taken a podium place. And that sounds reasonable considering he finished only 11sec adrift. Either way, Sordo showed some impressive speed in the new i20, and being second-quickest to Paddon on SS18 was the team's first Power Stage one-two. He did that well on Friday, ending the day in seventh place, but his chances of further progress up the leaderboard took a knock on Saturday's opener when his power steering failed.
Belo Horizonte: At 36 years young, Brazil captain Dani Alves could be forgiven if he was thinking of hanging up his boots and admiring his bursting trophy cabinet. It was illegal, it was a foul, it should have resulted in a penalty but Alves got away with his win-at-all-costs approach, something that has long stood him in good stead. But without such light blue and white tinted glasses, there was no doubt the hosts were the better side and that Alves was the standout performer — no mean feat given how well Jesus played, nor that fact that Lionel Messi showed glimpses of his incomparable best. Whether Brazil win or not on Sunday, Alves is already regarded by many as the most successful player in history.
Windy and overcast at times, we hit Parada at a perfect time in the Patagonian summer. Most of the days were long and sunny, although occasionally we encountered high overcast skies with light winds and temps dropping to the low- to mids Fahrenheit. Nighttime temps never dropped below 65, and in the day, we were most often climbing in tank tops and shorts. Daytime highs climbed up to the low- to mids, so timing out when to visit specific crags is key.