Updated: Jan 24, 2021
An overview of the Brazilian’s time at Chelsea Football Club.
Having been contracted at the club for 8 years, Alex is a player that Chelsea fans would remember for his strength, shot power – and ‘that’ goal against Arsenal.
The Brazilian defender signed for The Blues in 2004, based on the recommendation of Dutch scout Piet de Visser. However, due to his struggles attaining a British work permit – Alex was loaned out to PSV Eindhoven, where he spent 3 seasons before officially moving to London.
Alex made his official debut for Chelsea on August 19th 2007, in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Alex later scored his first-ever goal for The Blues on October 20th 2007, converting a fantastic free-kick against Middlesbrough. This turned out to be the first of the 10 goals that the defender managed during his time in England.
After making 39 appearances within his first season at Stamford Bridge, the ‘Brazilian Tank’ was gifted a chance for even more action in the 2008-09 campaign, as a result of a succession of injuries to first team regular Ricardo Carvalho. Alex started every game under interim boss Guus Hinddik, and also managed to bag Chelsea’s 1,000th Premier League goal on November 1st 2008 against Sunderland.
Following an impressive first two seasons, Alex signed a four-year contract at Chelsea, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Despite the contract extension, Alex’ involvement with the team was restricted following a groin injury that saw him miss the opening two months of the season.
Despite his minutes being reduced, the season ended in silverware for Alex and new manager Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea picked up their fourth league title and also won the club’s sixth FA Cup after beating Portsmouth in the final at Wembley Stadium.
The following season was a campaign riddled with injuries for the much-loved central defender, which led to Ancelotti recruiting fellow Brazilian David Luiz from Benfica, who signed in January 2011 for a fee of £21.3 million.
(video via Chelsea Football Club)
The signing led to Luiz becoming a regular within the Chelsea defence, and Alex later handed in a transfer request on December 3rd 2011. Alex made his final appearance for The Blues in a League Cup quarter-final against Liverpool on November 29th 2011, which Chelsea lost 2-0 with goals coming from Maxi Rodríguez and Martin Kelly.
Alex joined Paris-Saint Germain in the 2012 January transfer window, where he would reunite with Carlo Ancelotti and play football for the next two seasons. In 2014, Alex joined AC Milan as a free agent, before officially announcing his retirement in December 2016.
Alex played his most games as a player for Chelsea, where he was much adored by the fans who admired him for the tenacity that he played with week in, week out.
ALEX – CHELSEA STATSTICS:
Minutes Played: 10,721
Yellow Cards: 20
Red Cards: 1
Honours: Premier League (2009-10)
FA Cup (2008-09, 2009-10)
FA Community Shield (2009-10)
(statistics via TransferMarkt.com)