Dani Alves: “I’m here until Barca kick me out”


Today marks five years since Dani Alves was introduced as a new signing for Barca. Flanked by Pep Guardiola and by president Joan Laporta, the Brazilian right back was defined as “the best player in the world in his position”.

And over those five years, it has been confirmed that there is no one better than him. Some have tried but only get halfway. It could be the best 29M euros invested and he’ll be at Barca until at least 2015. He left Sevilla with tears in his eyes only for the same tears to turn into joy at the Camp Nou.

Dani Alves‘ face lights up when he is reminded of his 5th Barca anniversary in Brazil. “So much time has passed already? What a joy. It’s a very happy anniversary,” he says. He still remembers those first words in Catalan, as did Neymar, showing his happiness: “Estic molt content” which means, “I’m very happy”.

He has learned some phrases and understands the Catalan language well. He said back then that he came to win La Liga and Champions League titles. And now he has them and not just one, either. Four League titles and two Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey titles, three Spanish Super Cups, two European Super Cups and two World Club titles. A total of 15 titles that is outrageous. Dani Alves is lord of the titles.

Alves has played 255 matches at an average of 51 per season and scored 16 goals – his most memorable being a long range shot at the Camp Nou in a classico against Real Madrid. Although there was a time when the Brazilian’s continuity was in danger, the wingback is convinced of his longevity in the squad. Dani Alves is here to stay.

“It is a joy and a great honour to be with the club for five years. In such a big and wonderful team,” he says with satisfaction. “Having this opportunity is fantastic,” he adds.

In the Barca dressing room, he cherishes some great times, joy, laughter, hugs, fellowship, union and titles. He also has sad memories about Tito and Abidal’s news. “But this team has managed to succeed off the field.” And it hasn’t been easy. “So much credit must be given.”

Dani Alves looks back on the past but also the present and future. “Hopefully I can stay another five years. I would surely go down in Barca history as the foreigner with the most games. That would be nice and that’s my goal,” he says laughing.

With the Confederations Cup in the bag and now part of history, Dani Alves has a month off to recharge his batteries looking ahead to the coming season

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