Spanish paper ABC have scored an exclusive interview with Juventus right-back Dani Alves on Monday, and the Brazilian defender has exploded.
Moreover, Alves has hit out against the Spanish media, revealing their influence in twisting his words to such an extent that Cristiano Ronaldo has snubbed the player in the past.
Alves slams ‘disrespectful’ Barcelona
So why did Dani Alves leave the Camp Nou?
According to the player, it’s because the men in suits at the club treated him very badly. Alves told ABC:
During my last three seasons I always heard that ‘Alves was leaving’, but the managers never said anything to me. They were very false and ungrateful. They did not respect me.
I was only offered to renew when the FIFA transfer ban came in. That was when I went and signed a deal with a termination clause.
Those who run Barcelona today have no idea how to treat their players.
The quotes from Alves will raise alarm bells that Leo Messi could leave the club in the future.
On a separate note, Alves also opened up about his relationship with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Brazilian blamed the Spanish media for spoiling his relationship with the Portuguese hero:
All my fights with Cristiano were because of the press. If people only knew how much I respect Cristiano Ronaldo. I will repeat it to make myself clear: I respect Cristiano Ronaldo.
When I spoke about him being too selfish, when you win you are going to be the star but when you lose they will go for you, so I said it in a very respectful way.
And I think the same of [Lionel] Messi or Neymar. But my thoughts were not negative. What happens is that the press portrayed them differently, saying that I had spoken ill of him.
And Ronaldo believed it. That’s why he did not greet me at the Ballon d’Or gala in 2015. I do not need to talk about anyone to go out in the newspapers. I have no ego.