The experienced Brazilian Daniel Alves admitted that the call Xavi Hernandezhis former teammate and current coach of FC Barcelona, took him by surprise and did not think twice about returning to the Spanish team in which he had been an idol. According to the Brazilian, the Egarense told him that he wanted to “count” on him because of his “experience” and that he had accompanied his performance at the Tokyo Olympics, in which Brazil repeated the gold medal, and in Sao Paulo .
“It was a surprise to receive the call from Xavi and to be able to come back. He was focused on other things. At the time he was an ambassador for the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries and out of nowhere I received a call from him saying that he wanted to count on me”, declared the winger in an interview with the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo.
“He saw that he was physically well and I took the flight from Portugal directly to Barcelona to inform them that one more chapter (of his history with the club) would be written. I didn’t even think about it much to answer and it was a ‘yes’, let’s go now ”, commented.
The 38-year-old winger and midfielder hopes to continue in the calls for the Brazilian national team and play in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the dream of lifting the sixth title for the country. “inspired” in his idol Cafu, captain of the five-time championship in South Korea-Japan 2002.
“I am working on all aspects to reach my best level. I know that the demand is very great in a World Cup. I’ve already experienced that and it’s not just the call, it’s the daily work to do things well at the club and I have to always be open to improving as a professional and as a person”. stressed.
Alves made it clear that for the moment he does not intend to retire and will continue until the “blood in the veins” and the “brightness of the eyes”, elements that inspire a documentary about his life, “remain intact”.
“I am going to try to match (the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi) Buffon, who renewed until he was 46 years old (with Parma), and the Paris Olympics (2024) are also close by”, he claimed.
However, he ruled out, for the time being, returning to Brazilian football in the near future to retire, since his “I dream of playing with Sao Paulo” has already been fulfilled and its link with the local sport would be like “leader”.
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