Alex Sandro also play for Brazil's national football team, where he has gained 6 caps so far. He recently played for Santos, but joined Porto for €9.6 million euros, alongside teammate and countryman Danilo, who play as the right back.
After winning an impressive amount of honours with the Atletico Paranaense youth setup and a very good performance in the Copa Parana with the U23 side, Alex Sandro earned his first call up to the senior side in October 2008. He played one game in the Brasileiro, taking on Internacional on 18 October.
In 2009, Alex Sandro played a role in Atletico's championship run in the Campeonato Paranaense, playing in 8 matches. He scored his first goal on 25 January against Rio Branco, passing the ball to himself around the keeper. As of October 2009, he has played in 9 Brasileiro matches, playing a total of 269 minutes.
Alex Sandro is a part of the golden Atletico youth setup, which has produced a great amount of defenders in very little time, with Raul, Manoel, Ronaldo, Carlao and Bruno Costa all making themselves known in 2009. After being a part of the national under 18 setup, Alex Sandro was called up to the Brazil U20 in August 2009, alongside teammates Raul, Renan and Gabriel Pimba. He made his debut in a friendly match, despite being only 18 years old.