Afonso Alves Martins Júnior a Brazilian soccer player.
Afonso Alves Martins Júnior was born January 30th 1981 and he is a Brazilian footballer. He plays as a striker for Middlesbrough and for Brazil. Afonso Alves started his career with Atlético Mineiro and thereafter he left for Örgyte in Gothenburg in Sweden, and two years later he left for Malmö also in Sweden. He won the Swedish Champion title in the 2004-05 season with Malmö, in the next season Alves scored 14 goals in 24 games and Malmö finished fifth.
Afonso Alves moved to Heerenveen.
In 2006 Afonso Alves moved to SC Heerenveen, where he followed in the footsteps of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jon Dahl Tomasson and others. Afonso Alves is the most expensive player signing for Heerenveen, he had a price of 4.5 million euros.
In 2007 Afonso Alves finished as top scorer of the Eredivisie with 34 goals, which is a club record. Alves is the third Brazilian footballer who became topscorer in the Dutch first division. He was a runner up in the race for the European Golden Boot.
Alves scored seven times in the game against Heracles Almelo. This was a new record for most goals scored in one game in Europe.