Barca greet the return of hero Dani Alves

Barca Greet The Return Of Hero Dani Alves

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has received a rousing reception after being introduced to the club’s supporters for the second time in his career.

The returning Brazilian delighted the Camp Nou crowd with a barefoot romp on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old right-back, who wore an amber velvet suit, signed a contract until the end of the current campaign with club president Joan Laporta alongside him before addressing thousands of fans.

“I’m even prettier now than when I left,” Alves said. “Again, I’m here. If you remember the last time I picked up this microphone, it was to say I didn’t know when my dream would end.

“But I’m here again and still living the dream. You make me feel like I’m special, like one of you. This is something that will never change.

“Long live Barça, long live Catalunya, long live the mothers you all gave birth to.”

Alves played for Barça between 2008 and 2016 in a trophies-packed period that included six LaLiga titles, three Champions League crowns and three Club World Cup trophies.

The Brazilian will wear the number eight jersey in his second stint and said he wanted to pay tribute to two club greats who had the same number.

“Everyone should honor the greats while they are still alive. So I’m going to wear number eight to show my appreciation to Andres Iniesta and Hristo Stoichkov,” said Alves.

Alves, who completed his medical examination this week, has the option to extend his contract for another season. He can’t play until January but will start training with his teammates this week.

After a turbulent season, Barça are ninth in the league with 17 points.


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