Dani Alves – The Brazilian right-back has signed for the rest of the season with the Blaugranas.
New manager Xavi Hernandez has his first signing of the season. Club legend Dani Alves has been signed for the rest of the season and can extend for another season. The Brazilian full-back returns to FC Barcelona after previously playing for the team from 2008/09 to 2015/16.
The club website says, “FC Barcelona and Dani Alves have agreed in principle for the player to join the football first team for the remainder of the current season. The Brazilian will be joining training from next week but will not be able to play until January.” The club has announced the presentation as a new FC Barcelona player and he will be wearing the number 8 jersey.
Alves won 23 titles at FC Barcelona: 6 Ligas, 4 Copas del Rey, 3 Champions League, 3 Club World Cups, 3 Spanish Super Cups and 4 European Super Cups. He also made 391 official appearances and scored 23 goals across eight seasons.
But let’s pause for a moment and analyse the fact that he is 39-years-old right now, way past his prime, and what he can bring to the dressing room and on the pitch. It’s unreal to expect a lot from him on the pitch given his age and the fact that he hasn’t played after the Tokyo Olympics where he was against Òscar Mingueza, Éric Garcia and Pedri, who are now his teammates.
This raises the question of why Xavi has signed him, knowing very well all the facts. Along with his ten commandments widely discussed, I think he wants to straighten the dressing room and give the players some mentorship from senior players. This might be necessary because the dressing room is filled with young talents, and Xavi is inexperienced in managing at the highest level.
Dani Alves knows the club, the philosophy; he knows what’s expected of a player wearing the Blaugrana shirt. Moreover, it’s excellent news for the likes of Sergiño Dest and Òscar Mingueza, who will get an opportunity to learn from the best in the business.
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We might even see a scenario that the former Brazilian captain assumes a sporting role at the club at the end of the season to help scout new talent, develop young players, and more. Ramon Planes is about to leave the club, and it’s currently rumoured that Jordi Cruyff and Xavi will together assume his role. Dani Alves might be involved in it as well, but we’ll see what happens.
In conclusion, from a sporting perspective, and to nurture the very young dressing room, Dani Alves seems to be a good signing, but it would be too much to expect a lot from him on the pitch because of his age and physical limitations that come with it.