VIDEO: Juventus Star Was So Busy Greeting Former Teammates He Missed Nou Camp Kick-Off

Tom Procter
90Min

Juventus star Dani Alves was a popular figure during his days as a Barcelona player, and he was feeling so sentimental before Wednesday's Champions League game that the match actually started without him.

Alves joined the Italian giants last summer on a free transfer, and had recently said that he felt 'unwanted' towards the end of his Nou Camp days.

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But that all seemed like water off a duck's back as Wednesday's tie was about to kick-off, as Alves could be seen playfully slapping one of Barca's backroom staff alongside Javier Mascherano, and high-fiving another, and referee Bjorn Kuipers was not about to wait for the Brazilian full-back.

Hilariously, as can be seen in the clip below courtesy of streamable.com, he just casually signalled the start of the game, which prompted Alves to sprint onto the pitch and into his position.

The performance by Juventus in the 0-0 result has been hailed as a defensive masterclass by many, and coach Massimiliano Allegri has received widespread plaudits for the way he set up his team, knowing what Barcelona did to PSG in the last round.

The Spanish giants never looked likely to score as the Old Lady totally nullified the threat of superstars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Despite his earlier antics, Alves retained his concentration on the job at hand alongside his defensive colleagues, and will now be eagerly anticipating Friday's semi-final draw, where they could face either Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or high flying Monaco. ​

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