Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino Andrade, better known simply as Maxwell, is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a left-back for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
The left-back is one of the most decorated players in the history of the sport with a total of 35 major honours. He has also made the Ligue 1 Team of the Year on four successive occasions between 2012 and 2016 besides having won the 2003-04 Dutch Footballer of the Year and Dutch Golden Shoe awards.
Born on August 27, 1981 at Cachoeiro de Itapemirim in Espirito Santo, Maxwell began his professional career with Brazilian top-flight side Cruzeiro. He played for one season at Cruzeiro during which he made a total of 27 appearances and scored two goals.
His displays for Cruzeiro did not go unnoticed as Ajax Amsterdam cast admiring glances at the player. Maxwell would move to Ajax in June 2001 on a five-year-contract. He went on to become a significant member of the Ajax team between 2001 and 2005.
His best season for the Dutch giants came in 2003-04 when he was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year by his fellow professionals. Maxwell only missed three games during the campaign owing to international commitments with Brazil as Ajax lifted the Eredivisie. The player sustained serious injury in April 2005 and would never play again for his side.
In January 2006, Maxwell’s contract was terminated by Ajax so that the player could move to Italian Serie A side Inter Milan on a free transfer. However, the transfer saga proved to be quite exasperating for the player as Inter could not sign him immediately owing to restrictions on signing Non-EU players by the governing body of Italian football.
Instead, the left-back first moved to Empoli until the end of the season before sealing a move to Internazionale in the summer. The deal was similar to the one which facilitated Julio Cesar’s move to Inter via Chievo. In his six months with Empoli, Maxwell never made a first team appearance for the side.
Maxwell proved to be quite impressive in his first season for Inter. The highlight of the season for the player came in a match against Parma when he scored a superb solo goal that was later voted Inter’s thunder goal of the season by viewers of the team’s official TV channel.
Although he was initially bought as a left-back, Maxwell was moved up-field during his second season at the club with Christian Chivu operating behind him. The Brazilian used his blistering pace to good effect during that season and went on to win his second successive Serie A gong with Inter. The remainder of his time with Inter proved to be quite successful before the club sold him to Catalan giants Barcelona in 2009.