Magno Alves de Araujo is one of the most experienced footballers in Brazil, plying his trade as a striker. Into his sixteenth year as a professional footballer, Alves made his debut way back in 1994. Playing for Ratrans Esporte Clube, in the lowest rungs of Brazilian football, Alves began learning the tricks of the trade. He moved to Valinhos Futebol Clube in 1995, still in the lowest divisions. However, by this time, Alves was beginning to leave his mark on games and was getting noticed by teams in the higher divisions.
In 1996, Alves got his massive break, signing with Independente Futebol Clube in Brazil’s Serie B championships. A season later, he was on his way out again, with Associacao Esportivo Aracatuba as his destination. The same year, Alves moved to Criciuma, still searching for a regular place to play first team football and finally, for Alves, it arrived.
He played fifteen games for Criciuma and scored eight goals. His fabulous strike-rate caught the eye of Fluminense Football Clube, one of Brazil’s largest teams. Alves created a massive presence with Fluminense, playing over 260 league games and scoring 111 goals over a period of five seasons. As he helped the team win the Brazilian Serie C title in 1999 and the 2002 Rio de Janeiro State Championships, Alves won a number of personal accolades along the way as well.
He was the top scorer in the Brazilian Leagues, in 2000, his biggest accolade in the Brazilian league setup. Alves was to move east-wards, winning more silverware along his journey. Alves moved to South Korea, in 2003, signing with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He was the star of the show, with his 27 goals in 44 appearances as his popularity slowly grew.
He moved onto the Japanese second division, signing up with Oita Trinita in 2004. Over two seasons, Alves played around 62 games and was part of the J-League All-Star game where he was named MVP. In 2006, he moved to Gamba Osaka, a club playing in the highest league competitions in Japan and Asia. With Gamba, Alves went on to Asian glory as he became the top-scorer in the AFC Champions League that year. He was also the highest scorer in the Japanese League and was also named to the best-eleven of the league.