Juventus Star Dani Alves Reveals Why He Left Barcelona Ahead of Champions League Clash

Danny Ryan

Juventus star Dani Alves has revealed that he left Barcelona in the summer because he was fed up of always being "the one in the firing line".

The Brazilian full-back made the move to Turin on a free transfer in the summer and the European giants go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Alves has played a slightly bit-part role for the Old Lady this season due to suffering a broken leg against Genoa back in November and the defender has admitted he departed Catalunya rather acrimoniously.

UC Sampdoria v Juventus FC - Serie A
UC Sampdoria v Juventus FC - Serie A

"I have to say that I did not feel as comfortable anymore at Barca," Alves told the official FIFA website"Things changed at a club level, and as time went on, I always seemed to be the one in the firing line.

"Dani is the one who has to go,' they would say. I just got tired of it.  I decided to head off in a new direction and find happiness somewhere else.


"It is different but it is a challenge at the same time. It was strange, to begin with, but I have always enjoyed a challenge, which is why I decided to make the move."

Alves had previously stated that he wanted to avoid Luis Enrique's side in Europe but now, he has come to terms with the task at hand and even commented on the void he left at the Blaugrana.

"Barcelona now? It's strange. I'm sure they miss me!" he added.

Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Final
Juventus v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Final

"I think they appreciated me as a professional, a football player, and as someone who was good to have around the place, who made every game unique, with a new dance or new music or whatever.

"I brought a bit of joy to the dressing room. I've spoken to them and they've told me that that's what they miss about me the most: how happy I am and the way I am. They say I'm unique."

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