When you're at the Parc des Princes and you're looking for the most decorated player in French football, you just need to lift your eyes towards the left wing and focus on the No.17 jersey and seven letters: M-A-X-W-E-L-L. Since 12 January 2012, the Brazilian full-back has brought his skill and technique, a big dose of intelligence and exemplary professionalism.
A polyglot that speaks the universal language: football
In committing to the Paris Saint-Germain project five and a half years ago, the man from Cachoeiro de Itapemirim was looking for a fresh challenge in an already majestic career. When he arrived in the French capital, his CV already spoke for itself: Ajax, Inter Milan, Barça. Three club's that demand respect and reflect a certain pedigree. A neo-Parisian, Maxwell was 30 years of age and already boasted 17 trophies in his locker! A national champion in each country he played in (Netherlands, Italy, Spain), the Brazilian is labelled a 'Crack' and a 'Fuoriclasse' depending on where he was. But that makes sense for this polyglot that speaks no less than five languages fluently!
And then came Paris. It was written: a player getting better with age and a club on the rise. No sooner was he here, than 'Max' quickly became a VIP – a Very Important Parisian – and a key element in the squad alongside the likes of Matuidi, Verratti, Thiago Motta and…Ibra, his old friend.
Paris, country of adoption, country of trophies!
Together, Max and Paris, have written every page of the club's modern day history. A first championship in 2013, then two trebles for Maxwell the next two seasons before the quadruple in 2015-16 as the Dream Team imposed its law in France. And there were also some European highlights as well – with four Champions League quarter-final in a row. With Paris, Maxwell also added the international football strong to his bow, playing ten times for the Seleção (2013-2014), including the World Cup in Brazil.
Class and humility both on and off the pitch, the man himself will remain known for his achievements on the playing field. A true team player, it was his collective spirit that often thrust him into the limelight. He was named footballer of the year in the Netherlands in 2004 with Ajax, and featured three times in the Ligue 1 team of the year (2013, 2015, 2016).
On the eve of his 36th birthday, the doyen of the current squad is reaching the end of his adventure in Rouge et Bleu. So let's take a look back: in 212 matches with Paris Saint-Germain, he scored 13 goals, and won … 13 trophies! And the great collector that he is, he will be looking to add No.14 to the cabinet on 27 May in the final of the centennial Coupe de France... A 31st title for this passionate footballer… a legend!