Dani Alves reveals why he left Barcelona, says Sergio Ramos is the strongest defender he’s ever seen, Neymar is the most skilled player he’s played with … and chooses Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo
- Dani Alves did an extensive Instagram Q&A and talked about his departure from Barcelona
- He said his distrust of the club’s hierarchy had ultimately been correct
- Alves sided with Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in the era-defining debate
- The Brazilian said Xavi has been his smartest teammate in his career so far
- Sergio Ramos was Alves’ strongest defensive enemy after their El Clasico duels
- Countrymen Neymar and Cafu were also chosen by the 37-year-old
Dani Alves has targeted the Barcelona administration and said he left the club because he lacked faith in them.
The Brazilian right-back said shortly after joining Juventus in 2016 that he felt the club’s hierarchy had not been open about selling him after eight years at the Nou Camp, where he played nearly 400 times and six. LaLiga titles and three won. Champions League.
And in a Q&A with his 31.7 million followers on Instagram, Alves addressed the reason for his departure, with his comments reported by BRAND
Dani Alves (left) won 23 trophies – including four Champions Leagues – while in Barcelona
But he says he joined Juventus (pictured in action) after feeling ‘disrespected’ by the Barca board
Lionel Messi (left) may share Alves’ grievances after Luis Suarez’s departure last summer
“I didn’t believe in the leaders in charge at the time,” said Alves, who currently plays for Sao Paulo.
It was later proven that I was right. Because I was the first to say it, they called me crazy, but as always … I’m a good fool! ‘
The club’s hierarchy has been criticized for a lack of investment in a squad that has not won the Champions League since 2015 and has seen a number of influential players, including recently Luis Suarez, leave the club.
Suarez’s departure angered Lionel Messi and, in part, led to the 33-year-old maestro sensationally submitting a transfer request after a summer when Barça was humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in Europe’s premier club competition.
When asked if he thought former teammate Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo had enjoyed the bigger career, Alves replied: ‘Despite the greatness of the two, a picture says more than a thousand words’ along with an Instagram image of him with the six- time World player of the year.
The 37-year-old also cited Xavi as the smartest player he’d ever played with, calling Sergio Ramos ‘too strong’ when he chose tough Real Madrid as the most formidable defender he’s seen in his career.
Unsurprisingly, Alves prefers former teammate Lionel Messi as a player over Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfield metronome Xavi was named the smartest teammate of his career by Alves
Sergio Ramos was Alves’s choice as his strongest defensive opponent after dozens of El Clasicos
When asked if Neymar, fellow international and former Barça player of Brazil, was currently the most skilled player in world football, Alves replied, “Without a doubt.”
The ex-Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain also paid tribute to another icon of his country and also demonstrated his humility when asked if he considered himself the greatest right back in history.
“Na Cafu,” was Alves’s succinct response, a tribute to the man whose boundless energy and game intelligence were virtually unparalleled.
Despite Alves’ brilliant career laden with 41 senior trophies, one answer illustrated how grateful he is for such a success.
When asked about the most important moment of his career, Alves said it was ‘when my dad saw me play for the first time and saw that the dream had come true’.
Alves said his countryman Neymar (center) was “without a doubt” the most skilled player in the world
Alves was humble enough to say that Cafu was the best right-back ever – with him second