Brazilian defender Dani Alves returned to Barcelona once again on Sunday to play the Joan Gamper Trophy with his new club Pumas. Alves’ return gave the Blaugrana a chance to give a proper send-off to the legend ahead of kick-off at the Spotify Camp Nou.
Alves received a warm welcome from all of his former teammates before being presented with a commemorative silver plate, which was presented to the player by President Joan Laporta. Alves was given a framed Barca jersey which had the number - 431 on the back which is the same number of appearances he made for the club. The full-back then received a lot of love and affection from the supporters inside the stadium.
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When Dani Alves left the Catalans for the second time, he wasn’t completely happy with the way he was treated in the club. He said, "I didn’t leave sad. I left happy to have returned to Barcelona. I dreamed for five years wanting to live this second moment. The only thing I didn’t like was how my departure was handled,” he continued.
"Since I arrived, I made it very clear that I wasn’t any more a 20-year-old guy and that I wanted things to be done head-on, without hiding things. But this club has sinned in recent years. Barcelona don’t care about the people who made history for the club.”
"As a cule, I would like Barcelona to do things differently. I’m not talking about myself because my situation was another scenario. I am eternally grateful to Xavi and the president for bringing me back,” he further added.