(Reuters) – Barcelona defender Dani Alves obtained a rousing reception after being offered to the membership’s supporters for the second time in his profession and the returning Brazilian delighted the Camp Nou crowd with a barefoot romp on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old proper again, who wore an amber velvet swimsuit, signed a contract till the top of the present marketing campaign with the membership’s president Joan Laporta alongside him, earlier than addressing hundreds of followers.
“I am much more good-looking now than once I left”, Alves stated. “As soon as once more, I am right here. Should you bear in mind the final time that I took this microphone, it was to say that I did not know when my dream would finish.
“However I am right here once more, nonetheless dwelling the dream. You make me really feel particular, like considered one of you. That is one thing that’s by no means goes to vary.
“Lengthy stay Barca, lengthy stay Catalunya, lengthy stay the moms who gave start to you all.”
Alves performed for Barca between 2008-16 in a trophy-laden spell throughout which he gained six LaLiga titles, three Champions League crowns and three Membership World Cup trophies amongst different main honours.
The Brazilian will put on the quantity eight jersey in his second stint and stated he wished to pay tribute to 2 membership greats who had the identical quantity.
“Everybody ought to honour the greats once they’re nonetheless alive. So I will put on quantity eight to indicate my appreciation to Andres Iniesta and Hristo Stoichkov,” Alves stated.
Alves, who accomplished his medical this week, has the choice to increase his contract for an additional season. He can not play till January however will begin coaching along with his workforce mates this week.
Barca are ninth within the league with 17 factors.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Enhancing by Shrivathsa Sridhar)