Former Barcelona star Daniel Alves has offered his opinion about the club’s downfall, singling out the one thing the Catalan giants lack the most
Dani Alves, 37, spent eight memorable years at the Camp Nou before swapping Barcelona for Juventus in the summer of 2016.
The Sao Paulo right-back has become a household name in world football for his impressive performances for the ‘Blaugrana’ and is widely regarded as one of the best players in his position in the history of the game.
During his eight-year stint at Barcelona, the Brazil captain won 23 major trophies, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.
Indeed, Alves gave a massive contribution to Barca’s efforts to establish themselves as one of the most successful teams in football’s modern era.
However, the Spanish powerhouse have lost some of their charms over the past couple of years and have recently surrendered the La Liga title to Real Madrid.
🗣 — Dani Alves on Barcelona's winning mentality during his time at the club. pic.twitter.com/cCo2VZFqNH— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 3, 2020
Speaking of the ongoing troubles in paradise, Dani Alves has given his view of what the current Catalan side lack compared to the old days of glory.
“What this Barcelona lacks is the identity it has always had, like Ronaldinho’s Barça, our Barça. The identity of a team that dominates for 90 minutes, 100 minutes, or 150 minutes,” the Samba star said, as transmitted by the BarcaBlaugranes.
“Barça are there for people to enjoy. Now what I see, from the outside, is that Barça are just another team. They used to have an understanding throughout the team and made things look easy.
“Leo is a natural winner. He doesn’t like losing. When the team loses it’s normal he gets angry, he always wants to win. Just like me. We always want to win.
“He sees, what I feel, and that’s a lack of support. I’ll always say that Messi is the main course and we were the perfect ingredients for that plate. Now I have the feeling that he’s doing everything, all the time, and we must remember he’s only human.”