Well I dedicated all this day to rewatch all what I found from Alex at Palmeiras. Also a little to refresh my memories from him in the last era in Coritiba.
Also I chose a pic for his Fenerbahce days and freze the last set, fixing some things which were overrated.
About Palmeiras, I don't want to make a long ass post cause I'll be posting the players but Alex was obviously the best player of the team, amazing and young talent back then. Also I watched some vs from him in 1999 playing with Ronaldinho at NT and he was even better than Dinho sometimes.
I can't find him that good passer, at least in this era, he was REALLY sloppy and he lost the ball all the time cause his bad passing, probably his weakesst posint. I can't watch him better than this, he became an insane passer when he went to Turkey or around Cruzeiro's times, but at Palmeiras I can't see it, at all, quite the opposite. Even I think I'm being generous with the 83.
He had good intentions, good 1st touch quick thoughts but he missed almost all the time. His SPS didn't help him and there's a huge difference at open play when he tried long balls to Nunes/Oseas or to the sides for Arce or Junior.
I'm absolutely amazed with his dribbling and his 1st touch, just too much, also he tried really hard movements to trap the ball and he did it. He was very aggressive on his style back then, going forward and starting every Palmeiras' attack from the back, he was really useful.
Bad things aside his spa? He disappeared the game from time to time and his motivation was unestable. That was probably the problem at his career to not being the BIG thing he could have been.
I see 2 things that are overlooked as hell in him: 1st his heading/jump. That was visible awesome, he made runs all the time from the outside the box asking the ball to Arce or Junior and he did it like...all the time. He scored a good amount of header goals and his jump was also really good, even at his late years at Coritiba he showed good things in the air.
2) His defensive contribution and marking/slide tackle were really really good on his day. I don't know if it was the match vs RIver or vs Dep. Cali, the guy stole like 7/8 balls? Amazing reading of the opponents intentions to steal it...specially thinking he was a really talented and somewhat lazy playmaker.