A veteran Barcelona defender Dani Alves says he misses Lionel Messi but is confident he can assist another old teammate, Xavi, as the club rebuilds. Alves believes he can still contribute when he returns to Barcelona despite his age and the absence of superstar Lionel Messi.
On Friday the 38-year-old returned to the club on a free football transfer after five years. He has spent two years in Brazil leaving Sao Paulo in September due to a contractual dispute. The right-back will have to wait until January to add to his 391 appearances for Barcelona, but he will be hoping to add to his trophy cabinet, which includes three Champions League crowns and six LaLiga titles.
Dani Alves is confident that he can help Barcelona return to the top, both on and off the field despite the fact that he appears to be nearing the end of his career. “I have a little less hair but the desire will be just as great! I know what this club represents and I know what I can contribute, both inside and outside, creating synergy with the club, the fans,” Alves said after his official unveiling, football news.
“After all, we have spoiled people for so many titles and maybe they are distrustful. But I think that if we all row towards the same side, the ship will reach the port. I got heavy with the pressure. I told [Xavi] that I wanted to go back, that I wanted to help. I was, even so, heavy that Xavi [said] he can’t take it anymore! And Xavi told me that he was counting on me if I wanted to come.”
Alves continued, “Many times people focus a lot on how much you are going to earn, what is your salary. For me, it is not important. I have never had anything. For me, it is important to support my family and the people I take care of, but it was not the time for that. It was the time to rebuild the team. I didn’t even have to think. The rest is secondary, especially when one receives the call from Barca with the objective. We are ready for anything.”
Alves added, “For me, the kid [Messi] is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. You always miss the greats, especially when you have a good relationship. It would be incredible to come back to see him here, but unfortunately, it could not be like that. I love him and his family very much, but now we are in a new process. I would encourage everyone to return if they could because this is the best place. But the story is different now and we have to think about the process.”
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