Former Brazilian soccer player Alex Alves, former footballer in clubs like Palmeiras, Cruzeiro and for four seasons in the German Hertha Berlin, died today at 37 year old leukemia victim, as reported by their relatives.
Alex Alves died at the Fundación Amaral de Carvalho hospital, in the state of Sao Paulo, where he had been hospitalized since September for treatment against leukemia that had been diagnosed a few months ago and where he underwent a bone marrow transplant.
The player, He started as a professional at Vitoria in 1992, went through the Palmeiras clubs, Juventude and Portuguesa before arriving at 1998 in the Cruzeiro, in which he lived the peak of his career and where he scored scored 27 goals in 41 matches. With Palmeiras he was Brazilian champion in 1994. As a Cruzeiro player, Alex Alves won the Copa Libertadores de 1997, the Recopa Sudamericana of 1998 and the Mining Championship of 1998.
He spent four years at the Hertha Berlin, club you scored in 25 goals in 81 matches. After, Alex Alves returned to Brazil and went through various clubs, like Atlético Mineiro, the Vasco da Gama and the Fortaleza, and had a short stint at the Greek Kavala, but already in clear career decline, where he could not exhibit the football he showed at the end of the 90's.
He retired in 2010 as jugador del modesto Uniao Rondonópolis. Alex Alves had a daughter with the model Nadia França, who became famous in the country for a short romance with world champion Ronaldo.