Alex Sandro has only been a Juventus player for one and a half seasons, yet the flying Brazilian has already become an indispensable piece in the Bianconeri jigsaw.
The story of the wing-back’s first 18 months in black and white has been one of quality, quantity and staggering consistency. Ruthless in the tackle, unstoppable in his charges forward and unerringly accurate in his crossing from the left, Juve's number 12 has taken Serie A and his new supporters by storm.
And, although the South American turns 26 today, he received the best gift possible last night; a place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals at the expense of Milan.
Everyone at Juventus wishes Alex many happy returns on his special day and more successes to come over the course of the campaign.