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After nine seasons and more than 20 titles, not including his individual record, the Brazilian side Dani Alves will receive a well-deserved tribute at the age of 39 at FC Barcelona’s Spotify Camp Nouthis time in uniform with the UNAM Pumas and in the twilight of his career, but with the same hunger as more than a decade ago.
The coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, advanced in the press conference before the dispute of the Joan Gamper Trophy between his club and the Pumas, which a full house is expected at the azulgrana stadium to give Alves a big farewellwho had already left the club in 2016 and returned in January 2022 to be one of the protagonists of the so-called ‘Xavineta’.
“We want the match to fire Dani Alves. He has been an example for all of us, he helped us a lot last season, in these four or five months that he participated. I think he deserves it.”
The former FCB player also commented that he insisted a lot on the club that the Brazilian, with whom he shared a dressing room for seven seasons, he should be honored after his departure from the club.
“When I called him to tell him that he was no longer with us, I told him that he deserved a tribute and I told the president so,” Hernández said.
For his part, the brand new player of the Pumas and Liga MX, thanked the university students for giving him the opportunity to play in the final part of his career: “Being able to build a story together with them is going to be a great challenge.”
But with his particular sense of humour, Alves did not deny that he would like to return to the culé arena dressed in Barça and not in white Puma: “The only laziness that gives me is that I come here in white and I don’t like that”, he said between laughs .
“It will be a very special moment because always stepping on the Camp Nou, returning to Barcelona, is something unique for me. I love this club too much, I love these colors too much. I hope it’s a nice day. I would never celebrate a goal here. In the end, for us, the Gamper is the date of the culé. That’s why I’m here too, because it’s the date for the culé”, also highlighted Dani Alves.
The match between FC Barcelona vs. UNAM Pumas is scheduled to be played this Sunday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. PT and 2:00 p.m. ET in the United States. The hosts are expected to test all of their star signings for the 2022-2023 season.