Alves, in his presentation with Barça: “I come to guerrilla, to fight and earn the right to play” | sports


The Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves has affirmed that “the dream has said that it has not finished”, when referring to his return to Barcelona, ​​during the act of his presentation as a new Barça player. “The last time I picked up a microphone here, I said that I didn’t know if this dream was over and the dream said it was not over,” he explained to thousands of Barça fans at the Camp Nou this Wednesday afternoon. “The dressing room is better now because I’m here,” said the Brazilian who appeared on the pitch with Joan Laporta

“I am here because I am one of you,” said the right-back, who returns to Barça after practically six years playing for other teams before signing his contract until June 30, 2022 on the same grass of the Barça fiefdom. Alves, who appeared barefoot at the Camp Nou, added that “some things can change, now I am a little more handsome, but there are other things that cannot change, such as the essence of each one, it is time to put Barça up there”. Before the 10,378 fans who were cited at the Camp Nou, most of them very young, the full-back posed with his Barça shirt. “I have chosen number 8 because I think that the tributes must be done in life. I have chosen it for Iniesta but also for Stoichkov,” he continued.

Dani Alves shows his number to the stands of the Camp Nou / Getty Images

Then he went to the dressing room to dress in Barça clothing and reappeared to make the typical touches with the ball. Then there was a peculiar scene when he wanted to give a ball to the fans located in the second tier of the grandstand (the public was not allowed in the first) and he could not get the ball to reach that high despite trying three times. “A long time ago, the president (Laporta in 2008) gave me the opportunity to experience the most beautiful things that I have experienced as a footballer and now he has given me the opportunity to continue living beautiful things at this club,” explained Alves, another once in a suit and this time in flip-flops (as in the 2008 presentation), at the subsequent press conference, which was held at the Auditori 1899.

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Asked about the role he intends to play in the team, he was forceful: “I was never born to be second, I always wanted to be first. I come to guerrilla, to fight for a position and earn the right to play. And not for having made history in the club and have a good relationship with the coach and the president, but because of my work. “

Laporta was also present at the press conference, along with the sports vice president Rafa Yuste and the director of the football area, Mateu Alemany. “It is a day in which emotions that we already lived when Dani signed for Barça for the first time are repeated. He has made himself, has talent and prints character wherever he goes, he likes to compete and is a winner,” he defined President. On the other hand, Laporta revealed that what “convinced everyone to sign him” was that Xavi Hernández “told him that such a player needed him in the team” after Alves had offered himself on several occasions. In addition, he explained that “everyone” agrees that “physically he is gifted” despite his 38 years. “But his personality would stand out above all, he is an excellent person who has a huge heart,” he considered.

There are other Barça players from the 2009 sextete who are still active in other clubs, such as Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta. In this sense, Laporta did not rule out that one day they may return as Alves has done. “Age is a number, as Dani says. They are two spectacular players who have made history at the club. We have them in our memory and we always keep them in mind. I cannot predict the future. In life you never know,” he reflected President.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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