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Dani Alves Quotes, a complete collection

A look back at the greatest Dani Alves quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Dani Alves

is a Brazilian football star who is currently playing at FC Barcelona and Brazil national team. Widely considered as one of the greatest players of all time, Dani Alves has had a very successful career at the club and International level. With 43 trophies under his belt, Alves is the most decorated player in the history of the beautiful game

Alves started his career at his hometown with Bahia, before moving to Europe to play for some of the best clubs of the world including Barcelona, Juventus and PSG. The 38 years old fullback has won every possible trophy at the club level. Some of the most major ones are 6 La Liga,1 Serie A and 2 Ligue 1 titles as well as two Uefa Champions League titles. On the international level, Alves has won the two Copa Americas and the 2020 Tokyo Gold medal.

The ever-green Brazilian is reaching the twilight of his career. Only the World Cup is left for him to conquer and he is hoping to be in Brazil's squad for the upcoming event in 2022. He is truly among the most influential players in the history of the game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of D

ani Alves quotes

, the current Barcelona star. 

The Best Collection of Dani Alves quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Dani Alves quotes which includes his quotes about his personality and career as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.

Dani Alves quotes about his personal life and personality

Dani Alves was born into a family of football fans from Bahia in Brazil. According to himself, He Used to played football with the neighboring kids. Like many Brazilians, His father was a diehard football fan who managed to organize his own football team. Alves, at age 6, started as a winger, but because he scored few goals, his father re-positioned him as a right back.

Alves is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has a very bright personality and enjoys new experiences. Alves has been in a long-time relationship with his current wife

Joana Sanz

. The couple have two kids together. The followings are Dani Alves quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his childhood, parents and family

My parents gave me a practical example of what life was about, and I won't forget that.

On his hobbies and preferences

Google seems to be more intelligent than some people.

I like to have personality in my way of dressing. I think being normal is a bit boring.

I'm a very restless person, and new experiences excite me more than anything else.

Having my friends close to me is always a pleasure, a great honour.

I like happiness, and when people try to destroy that, it winds me up.

Yes, I love shoes and especially Jordans; they're always beautiful. Anytime someone is wearing Jordan, you have to respect!

I watch loads of football; whenever I am not playing, I am at home watching matches, including the English league.

I enjoy gastronomy, music, and fashion, so I'll end up involved in one of those three areas - or all three! They're things I have a passion for, and I only do what I'm passionate about.

On his personality, Beliefs and objectives

You have to be strong and calm to overcome difficult moments.

In life, we should explore options outside our comfort zone.

When things begin to go negative, sometimes we just have to cover our ears and not let such circumstances influence us.

I always have the desire for a new challenge.

If you live your life by what others say, it stops being your life.

I'm a good crazy. A crazy good guy. Someone who makes the most of life.

I have flaws, but I'm honest.

Money's a necessary evil, there to give you moments. It gives me things I couldn't have - nice things - but happiness? That's a not a question of money and fame. Quite the opposite. I don't understand why everyone fights for power, money, fame.

People who want to know who I am, or my history, put my name into Google.

The world is evolving, and we must evolve with it.

From God, I have the strength and intelligence to have alternatives and can live even without football.

I always think about life, and I think that we are here with a mission, and once we have done our mission, we go somewhere else.

I am so dedicated, so passionate, and that counts for more than what crazy people throw at me.

Sometimes I think that people are not prepared to listen and discuss truths.

The most important thing in life is to know where you come from, and I know where I come from.

In life, you have to weigh everything up, even when they are just decisions about your career. I like my decisions to be taken carefully, so they don't harm anyone close to me, so that the people close to me are happy.

In life, people move on their interests and even more when money is an issue. I know that if the people close to me are happy, I am happy, and I can do my job better.

Criticising is a weapon of the weak.

It is hard to improve someone as a player, but is easier to help someone become a better person.

Sometimes, words are twisted and don't reach people in their intended way.

For me, 'rich' isn't having lots of money; rich is having loads of things in your head.

Everyone wants, wants, wants... and when they have, they feel desperate.

To be a great champion, you have to believe that you are the best, and if you aren't, then you have to act as though you are.

It's the old story: do you want a normal car, or something top of the range? That is how I am - the older I am, the more expensive I am! People are marked down for their age - once you get past 30, people look at you a bit funny. When you get to 35, the questions are all, 'When are you going to stop?' Calm down!

I respect people with high levels of self-esteem.

I always say that in life, you should embrace those who want to embrace you.

The fear of losing makes you better because it stops you cruising.

Dani Alves quotes about football and his playing style

Dani Alves is known to be among the best full-backs of his generation, and of all time. He has been praised for his pace, stamina, overlapping attacking runs, and technical skills. He has reached the top level of football and has stayed at the top for the last 15 years. It is surely interesting to have a look at the

top quotes by Dani Alves

about football and his own playing style.

On football

I have lived with a lot of racism in Spain. Unfortunately, I have had to learn to deal with it. Fans insult me and call me 'monkey.' At first, I was quite shocked, but now I do not give it importance.

If you lose a title, perhaps it's because your rivals are better than you are. But to be demoted from the top flight is really heartbreaking.

Behind the footballer, there is a human being.

I love English football. I love the way people live it so intensely.

I love football, adore it.

What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.

Even without tactical discipline, what is important for a team is having players with maturity and a sense of responsibility.

Starting in a World Cup is always complicated, hard, and important. When you start well... The rest of the competitors are watching. I think it's the most important match in a World Cup, along with the final.

When you want to win, you are doomed to suffer conflicts.

I have had disagreements with journalists, but they annoy me so much when they don't talk about football.

People think that footballers just have a kick around with their mates. If they win, fine; if they don't, that's then fine, too. No pasa nada. No. You have an obligation and responsibility.

English football is a type of football which excites me a lot.

What's football for? To win. And to win, you have to score more.

A player cannot rely only on his name to make a difference but also has to work hard and make things happen on the pitch.

Players earn their wages, their livelihoods, and their right to compete to win things out on the pitch and not off it.

On his Playing style

People automatically think that because you attack, you can't defend. Not true.

I think that my team is more important than me.

I don't have an expiry date. My body is my answer - when I see that I can no longer compete, when my head is not in it anymore, it will be the time to stop.

In football, I've always been about adapting to what's asked of me, to what my team-mates need from me. I'm a team player.

Before I go up against the best forwards in the world - Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar - I study their strengths and weaknesses like an obsession, and then I plan how I am going to attack. My goal is to show the world that Dani Alves is on the same level.

If you do the same as all the rest, you're the same as all the rest: I don't want to be just another player.

I am a player who finds it easy to adapt to the circumstances, and I don't think I would have had a problem adapting to England.I like attacking football, but that's not the only thing the game's about.

When you have experienced players, you don't tremble when it comes to playing in a hostile atmosphere or under pressure.

I’m a full-back who plays a combination game. But here – because of the characteristics of Brazilian football, the way the team plays and, a lot of times, the teammates – you don’t have so many [short-passing] combinations. If I play in the position I did for 20 years, I can’t interfere as much in the game. When I get involved, I help my teammates to become better. It’s been like that my whole career – at Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona,


and PSG.

Dani Alves quotes on Messi and Ronaldo 

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In this generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans.

Alves played alongside Messi at Barcelona and has always backed-up the Argentine in the never-ending topic of who is the Goat in the history of football. He developed a telepathic partnership with the Argentinian magician and is one of the players with the most assists provided for Messi. He also had some confrontations with Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Barcelona, but has stated that he has the utmost respect for the Portuguese superstar. The followings are the best

Dani Alves quotes about Messi and Ronaldo


Leo Messi

is a little football God. I love playing alongside him. We understand each other without needing to talk.

I think that the best player in the world should be quiet, humble, and friendly. Lionel Messi is all of these things, while Cristiano often lacks some of these qualities.

If people only knew how much I respect Cristiano Ronaldo. I will repeat it to make myself clear: I respect Cristiano Ronaldo.

All my fights with Cristiano were because of the press.

Messi is much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi has a divine gift.

Cristiano Ronaldo

works hard. We have our battles, but I admire him. He is a guy with great dedication, and he's competitive.

I am very sorry for Messi and Barca. Now is not a good time for either side. I think Barca will not be the same because Barca with Messi is one thing, and Barca without Messi is another. But Barca will continue to be Barca and Messi will continue to be Messi. It’s a new challenge for Messi and for Barca, but I think challenges make you better most of the time because they force you out of your comfort zone.

The greatest thing is that you can defeat me at any time, that’s another assist to you! My best partner after my daughter. Thank you for all you gave me, thank you for sharing so much and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your story. What an honor to be able to follow your progress and thank you very much to Sylvinho for contacting us. Don Lionel Messi, keep making history wherever you go … Here’s a CRAZY always at your service and for all time, especially for the less good! (Alves's response to Messi after the Argentine said he would like to break his record.)

Top quotes by Dani Alves about famous football players

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the

top quotes by Dani Alves

about other football great stars including his comments on Guardiola, Neymar and his idol, Michael Jordan.

On Neymar:



does turns into news. If he gets emotional, they criticize. If he colors his hair, they criticize.

Those who know Neymar know his great quality and how special he is. And I insist again, we have to take care of players like that; they illuminate football. It's players like him that make football have any sense.

I think Neymar is one of the few players who was touched by God when he was born, and He said, 'You will be thee player.'

On Thiago Silva:

For me, Thiago Silva remains the best defender in the world.

On Jose Mourinho:

Jose Mourinho is a great coach. I would really like to work with him, and I once came close. He knows what weapons to use against teams, and he has won everything.

On Pep Guardiola:

Guardiola improved me a lot as a footballer. He taught me a lot of things, and that's why, in every interview I'm asked, I always say the same thing: He is the best manager that I have worked with.

If you have a negative model, you do negative things. If you have a positive model, like Guardiola, who says positive things and tells you to compete on the pitch and to play football, it's much better.

On James Milner:

I have faced many, but the most annoying was James Milner. He follows you forward and follows you backwards. It's very difficult because he attacks you and defends you, and then attacks you and defends you again.

On Michael Jordan:

I think we always look up to legends and people who not only win but give us a larger than life role model... I think Michael Jordan is this, someone who became bigger than his sport.

I'm a huge fan of Michael Jordan, and I love the game of basketball.

Best Dani Alves quotes about his club and International career

We wrap up our article with some of the

best Dani Alves quotes

about his club and international career. Alves has played at some of the best football clubs in the world, Including Barcelona, Juventus and PSG. He has also had a very successful career with Brazil National team, winning two Copa America and the Olympic Gold Medal.

On his first club, Bahia:

I've already promised that I want to end my career where I started it, as a way of thanking those who gave me the chance to make my name in football. I want to have a spell there before I retire, but one that's enjoyable for me and for them, too.

On his time at Barcelona:

When I was 18, I moved across the ocean just for the opportunity to play for a club that played against


. So to have the honour of playing for Barca? It was incredible.

I never hid my move to Real Madrid was almost done... my fate changed, and I arrived at Barcelona instead. I would not play in Madrid. If I leave Barca, I would not go there. My Madrid train has passed.

Barcelona focus a lot on what Barcelona does and not on what others are going to do. It creates a different way of working. Of course we studied our opponents to see their weak points and their strong points, but 70 per cent of the time, it was about us.

Before I went to Juventus, I made a final promise to the board at Barcelona. I said, 'You're going to miss me.' I didn't mean as a player. Barca have plenty of incredible players. What I meant was that they were going to miss my spirit.

Decisions are for the brave, and I am the bravest, deciding to leave Barcelona and Juventus.

At Barcelona, it wasn't about winning all the time; it was first about how to win.

For those who are genuinely passionate about football, Barca are worthy of admiration.

At other clubs I have been, at Juventus, at Barca, we had two 'ships': one for the domestic league and another for the Champions League.

I left hurt because I think I fought hard to create a great history at Barcelona. I left with 23 titles in eight years.

At Brazil, we play as a collective, something that also happens in Barcelona, but not at Real Madrid.

Barcelona is my home. It's impossible to say that I wouldn't return.

When I signed for Barca, I knew their playing style was suited to my game.

On his time at Juventus:

I sometimes think that life is a circle. See, I cannot get away from genius. At Barca, I had Messi. At Juve, I have Paulo Dybala. Genius follows me everywhere, I swear.

On his international career with Brazil National Team:

A national team is a reflection of its country's football, and both Brazil and Argentina have earned respect for what they've achieved.

Challenges like this really motivate me, The Olympics are magical: You get emotional thinking about them. To represent my country, my people, in a competition as important as the Olympics is really, really incredible.

In life you have to set yourself big targets and go after them. You may achieve them, you may not, but if I don’t go to the World Cup I can absolutely promise it won’t be for lack of trying. But I think about the World Cup constantly and I’m dedicating myself to realizing this dream. It would be the ultimate.

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