Still, the Brazilian admitted that the club had lost their identity, instead of becoming a commercial team.
Barcelona have lost their identity
Having left an indelible mark on football, especially in the way the right-back position is seen, Dani Alves will always have a relation with Barcelona. Still, the Brazilian admitted that the club had lost their identity, instead of becoming a commercial team. The era of Josep Maria Bartomeu is over. Always, the effects will be felt for years to come, and one of the victims of this regime was, in fact, Alves, who found it impossible to continue at the club, feeling disrespectful during the renewal process of his deal. “They’ve lost that,” Dani Alves explained in an interview. “What makes Barcelona unique is their style and values; in life, you should not try to be what you are not.”
The club’s leadership turned to ‘Prostituting’
“Barca are now trying to be a commercial club, not a team with their personality”. When pressed further on what he meant by this, the former Sevilla defender outlined the transfer policy of recent years and how it has damaged what the Blaugrana should stand for. “In the past, the club signed the players they wanted and that fit into the philosophy of the club,” he added. “Now they have signed a lot of people without a Barcelona concept or identity, a lot of expensive players, but those who do not defend the club’s identity. The leadership turned to ‘prostituting’. Barcelona used to defend their philosophy, but they no longer have it.”
With Alves leaving the Camp Nou, at least being rancorous, the player revealed precisely what brought him to Juventus. “I think his environment, those around him influenced Bartomeu,” he detailed. “They wanted to let me go without even talking to me. I love that club, and I was not going to sign for anyone else, it seemed disrespectful to me, of course, when there was a sanction, they came to talk to me.”