In view of the Cardiff final, the Brazilian midfielder raises another trophy in the target and prefigures a duel with his “old enemy” Cristiano Ronaldo. Not forgetting its past in Barcelona and the love for the Blaugrana colors.
“On Saturday I will have the opportunity to play another UEFA Champions League final against an opponent I know well,” said Alves at The Player’s Tribune. “As always, I studied Christian as if it were an obsession and as always Of the match I will look into the mirror and in my mind rewrite the film of my career. ”
A film that began in Brazil, in the state of Bahia. At the time, Dani Alves barely knew where Spain was on the map. “I was 18 years old and played for the Bahia in the Brazilian Championship,” he recalled. “An observer came to me and told me” Sevilla wants to hire you. “I replied,” Sevilla, but it’s great! ” ‘Is it?’ I replied ‘Of course yes! Sev-iiiillaaaaa It’s wonderful.’ ”
“I really did not have the slightest idea of where Sevilla was, for me it could even be on the moon, but the name I liked.” A few days later I began to ask around and found that Sevilla played against Barcelona and Real Madrid. Portuguese is an expression for such moments, ‘Agora’. It’s like saying ‘Bang’ and it was just that way. ”
The Steve Jobs ball
Another crucial moment in the Brazilian career was the encounter with Josep Guardiola, for whom the former Barcelona player is prodigal with praise. “If I think of a computer, it comes to my mind Steve Jobs, if I think of football I think of Pep,” he said. “It’s a genius, a true genius.” Pep was able to predict exactly how things would go in the field “.
All the final statistics
“For example, before the 5-0 win against Real Madrid in 2010, Pep told us,” Today you will play as if the ball is burning, you will never have to stand between your feet, not for half a second, and we will win it easily ” “.
And the love of Dani Alves for the Barça did not turn off even after the change of shirt. “Three months ago, when there was that incredible rebound against Paris Saint-Germain, I literally jumped on the couch,” he said.
“Reading the newspapers a few days later someone might have thought that I hoped for a defeat of my old club, but when Neymar scored that great punishment I jumped on the couch and started screaming ‘Vamooooooos’ in front of the television. And when Sergi Roberto He scored the 95th goal, I went crazy like all the Barça fans, because I still have Barcelona in the veins. ”