FORT WORTH, Texas - Whether he's home in Brazil or competing in the United States, Silvano Alves describes himself the same way: "My life is riding and that's my job."
And what a job it's been.
Last month, the 24-year-old became the first rider in PBR history to win back-to-back world titles. In the 31 months since he made his U.S. debut in April of 2010, he's earned more than $3.2 million in the arena, and is averaging in excess of $100,000 a month in earnings, which doesn't include his endorsements with Stanley DeWalt, Wrangler or Brahma.
"I love going back to Brazil," said Alves, who will compete next week in the Final Brahma Super Bull PBR, "where all my friends are and my community is there. It's my home.
He'll likely return to a hero's welcome.
When asked what it was like now when he's introduced at PBR events in Brazil, he simply said he's happy to have been successful in the U.S., and pleased to be recognized for it when he's home.
Alves, who is never one to show too much emotion - whether it's excitement or disappointment - added that he's humbled by the added attention and extra applause during the introductions.
"My life is riding bulls and that's my job."
As recent as two weeks ago, he was ranked fourth in the PBR Brazil standings, but is currently seventh heading into the five-day-long final event of the season. The event will take place in Americana, Brazil, which is located 90 minutes north of Sao Paulo.
Like the Built Ford Tough Series, the Brazilian champion will earn a $1 million bonus.
Alves is mathematically in the running, but said because of his part-time schedule in Brazil, he'll have a hard time catching the top two contenders - Edevaldo Ferreira and Magno Alves.
"I would have had a better chance if I had been riding more in Brazil," he said. "It will be hard to get to the No. 1 spot. It's possible, but unlikely."
In October, Alves won the world title by 659.75 points over Guilherme Marchi in one of the deepest races in PBR history. The Top 6 riders all had a shot at the title when they arrived in Las Vegas.
In three seasons, he's won two World Championships and was the 2010 PBR Rookie of the Year. In the past two seasons, he's out-ridden the next best rider by 11 and 10 bulls, respectively.
Before returning home, Alves, who spoke with the help of Tab Barker translating, said the biggest difference between BFTS events and the Brahma Super Bull events is the fact the bulls in Brazil are "better."
However, by better, he meant the top riders have a better opportunity to make the whistle more often than at BFTS events. By comparison, the pens in Brazil are similar to Touring Pro Division events.
"Every year that goes by the PBR, down there, gets better and better," he explained.
He competed this past weekend at the last regular-season event and after next week's Final Brahma Super Bull PBR event his plan was to take December off before returning to the U.S. in time for the first BFTS event of 2013, which will again take place in New York at Madison Square Garden.
That original plan might change with the announcement of the new point system.
He'll make that decision in another couple weeks.
In the meantime, when asked what it would be like to win the world title and the national title in the same season, he responded, "It would be great. It would be good to be Champion down there and the Champion up here."
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