Wednesday, May 25

Dani Alves insists it is an ‘honour’ to return to Barcelona after five years away

Dani Alves says it is an ‘honour’ to return to Barcelona as he reunites with some of his old team-mates after five years away… and the 38-year-old veteran will inherit Andres Iniesta’s famous No 8 shirt at the Nou Camp

  • Dani Alves has described his return to Barcelona this season as an ‘honour’ 
  • He has also said that it will be a ‘pleasure’ to wear the No 8 shirt at Nou Camp
  • Alves played for Barcelona between 2008-2016 – picking up six LaLiga titles
  • He will now return to join his former team-mate and new Barca boss Xavi 


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Dani Alves has described his return to Barcelona as an ‘honour’ and says it will be a ‘pleasure’ to wear Andres Iniesta’s famous No 8 shirt at the Nou Camp. 

Alves played for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, picking up six LaLiga titles, three Champions League crowns and three Club World Cup trophies among other major honours. 

He has now returned to the club and will reunite with his former team-mate and the new Barca manager, Xavi, after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo.  

Dani Alves (above) has described his return to Barcelona this season as an 'honour'

Dani Alves (above) has described his return to Barcelona this season as an 'honour'

Dani Alves (above) has described his return to Barcelona this season as an ‘honour’

Speaking in a video posted on Barcelona’s social media channels, Alves said: ‘It is a pleasure to be here after such a long time. 

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‘To return here is an honour, a pleasure; to be able to share [it] with you again.

‘I come to learn from you now, the new world. From the old one, I want to convey one thing; to know what It represents this club and this shirt. 

‘I have been abroad and this is the best place to do great things, to live.

Alves played for Barcelona between 2008-2016 - he is pictured with the Super Cup in 2015

Alves played for Barcelona between 2008-2016 - he is pictured with the Super Cup in 2015

Alves played for Barcelona between 2008-2016 – he is pictured with the Super Cup in 2015

He is now set to return to the club and reunite with his former team-mate and the new Barca manager, Xavi (above), after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo

He is now set to return to the club and reunite with his former team-mate and the new Barca manager, Xavi (above), after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo

He is now set to return to the club and reunite with his former team-mate and the new Barca manager, Xavi (above), after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo 

‘You are here; value it, because there is nothing better outside. It is a pleasure to be here with you. [I’ve] come to do great things, because this club is made of this, of doing great things.’

During his time at Barcelona, Alves won 23 trophies including six LaLiga titles and three Champions League medals. 

Six more pieces of silverware in two seasons at PSG followed, after he won the double in his one and only season at Juventus.

He went on to join his boyhood club Sao Paulo on a free transfer in August 2019 and became the best-paid footballer in South America. 

His move to Sao Paulo saw him unusually wear the number 10 shirt, but he did net on 10 occasions and provide a further 15 assists in 95 appearances for the club

His move to Sao Paulo saw him unusually wear the number 10 shirt, but he did net on 10 occasions and provide a further 15 assists in 95 appearances for the club

His move to Sao Paulo saw him unusually wear the number 10 shirt, but he did net on 10 occasions and provide a further 15 assists in 95 appearances for the club 

His move to Sao Paulo saw him wear the number 10 shirt, but he did net on 10 occasions and provide a further 15 assists in 95 appearances for the club.

During his time at the South American club, the right-back also captained his country to Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games. 

He will now return to Barcelona to wear the No 8 shirt after terminating his contract with the Brazilian side over a pay dispute.  

Alves previously wore the number six, 20 and 22 at the club. However, this time round he will follow in the footsteps of Iniesta by taking on the No 8 shirt instead.   


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