Having made a shock return to Barcelona in January, Alves is once again amongst the headlines. A serial winner during his first spell with the Blaugrana, the defender returned to the club in the midst of a crisis. Knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage, things looked bad for the La Liga side.
Linking back up with former teammate turn coach Xavi, the Brazillian has added a much-needed touch of experience into the dressing room. A relatively young squad, Barcelona were hurting from the hangover of losing talisman Lionel Messi.
However, fast forward eight months and things are on the up for Barcelona. Third in La Liga and having just battered rivals Real Madrid 4-0, the Blaugrana appears to be on the road to recovery.
While Alves may not have started every game, the 38-year-old has played a part in Barcelona’s revival. Such good form has actually seen Alves recalled to the Brazil national team for this month’s qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia.
Dani Alves bats away reports of post-retirement career change
Back in the city he loves and back playing football for his country, life is going well for the veteran defender. Although, despite his current goodwill, a story from a Spanish reporter left Alves feeling somewhat bemused.
In a report by the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Alves is supposedly looking to quit football altogether. The exclusive claimed Alves is eyeing up a switch into the cooking industry. Furthermore, they revealed the Barcelona legend’s wish to open up a restaurant in the city itself.
It’s no secret Alves is a keen cook. Photos of the veteran defender in a kitchen have circulated for some time. But such revelations come at a time when Alves is reinventing himself on the football pitch.
Taken back by this report, Alves was quick to speak out about the claims. Confused by the situation, the 38-year-old issued his response via Twitter. Quote tweeting the original piece, Alves was quick to shoot down the suggestion.
“Yoooooo?” read the tweet by Alves, with a series of laughing emojis alongside.
Clearly baffled by the claims, it seems Alves won’t be swapping the Camp Nou for the kitchen anytime soon. But should he one day fulfil his reported dream and open up a restaurant, he won’t be the first former Barcelona man to do so.
Ex-manager and fellow keen foodie Pep Guardiola has dabbled in the food hospitality industry for some time. Who knows, maybe Alves and Guardiola could link up and reignite passions from old Barcelona teams of the past?
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