Dani Alves claimed that he has advised his former colleague Lionel Messi to not leave his favourite club Barcelona.
Dani Alves and Lionel Messi have an eternal connection. It was clearly visible during their time together on the field as well as off, those one-touch passes were always a feast to the eyes.
The Brazilian has a good relationship with his former club, and he knows the regret he felt when he left Barcelona. Similarly, Alves believes that Messi will be sorry if he leaves the Catalunya club and urges him not to make that decision.
The six-time Ballon d’Or achiever is currently on the verge of running out of his contract with Barca. Yet there has been no signs of an extension from the club and player alike.
That being said, the officials at Camp Nou are confident enough that Leo will stay at the club. And Alves thinks that the positive decision from his former teammate would be beneficial for everyone.
“I have said to Messi several times: he was born to be a Barcelona player and Barcelona were born to be his club,” Alves told the Guardian. “He has given me advice before so I can do the same to him. Once he told me to stay in Barcelona because there wasn’t any place that was better. ‘Where will you be happier?’ he asked me. So I stayed.”
“Now I have reminded him of that conversation and that a good friend (him) advised me that Barcelona is the best place ever. I haven’t had an answer from him yet but when you leave Barcelona you realise how good it is. All the players and I mean everyone, who has left Barcelona have been sorry. All of them regret leaving, irrespective of the reason.”
“When I left the club, I just wanted to show my value to get back. But, unfortunately, the same people who were against me when I was at the club stayed there. I showed that I was able to play for Barcelona for another 10 years. And tried to go back to Barcelona. I wanted to go back to Barcelona. I played to go back to Barcelona, but they didn’t want me anymore.”