Dani Alves’ emotional speech to Barcelona team-mates as shirt number unveiled

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Dani Alves officially became a Barcelona player for the second time at the start of this week after the Catalonians agreed a deal to take the defender back to the Nou Camp. Alves had been a free agent since departing Sao Paulo in September over an apparent dispute over money.

Alves made 391 appearances for Barca during a successful eight-year spell at the Nou Camp after signing for the club from Sevilla in 2008.

The 38-year-old three won three Champions League trophies and six La Liga titles for the Catalan giants and was regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world during his first stint at the club.

He became a star performer for Brazil during his time with Barca and represented his country at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

The defender left Barca to join Juventus in 2016 but only stayed in Italy for a year before joining Paris Saint-Germain the following summer.

He moved to Sao Paulo in 2019 but made an abrupt exit earlier this year.

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And following his return to the Nou Camp, Alves had some wise words for his new team-mates as he made an emotional speech.

“It’s a pleasure to be here after so long,” Alves gushed in a video shared on the Barcelona Twitter page.

“Coming back here is an honour – a pleasure. To be able to share with you again as well.

“I come to learn from you, now the new world. But of the old man, I want to convey one thing – to know what this club and this shirt represents.

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“I have been out and this is the best place to do great things – to live. You are here – let them value it because outside there is nothing better.

“It is a pleasure to be here with you. We are going to do great things because this club is made of this – of doing great things.”

Alves was handed the number eight shirt on his return to the club. Eight was the lowest squad number available after midfielder Miralem Pjanic freed it up when he joined Besiktas on loan in September.

Alves has already begun training with his new side but will not be able to play any matches until January as he is not registered.

That means the defender will be able to build his fitness and offer the team a fresh pair of legs during the business end of the campaign.

Alves has apparently become Barca’s lowest-paid player following his arrival and has signed a deal which expires next summer.

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