The most decorated footballer ever has had an amazing story.
Following his spells with two historic teams,Sevilla
, in Spain,
to pick up some big honors with them.
When he went back to Brazil, many believed that he was winding down his career; however, thinking that was underestimating Alves.
During an interview with Marca, the 39-year-old dived deep into his career and coming back to Barcelona last year. He was quizzed about Real Madrid, the league champions. He revealed that he sent some of his colleagues at Madrid his regard and agreed that Karim Benzema is worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or.
“He is earning it, because he has taken Real Madrid to places that in terms of level of play and in other facets, they weren’t at before. He has dragged them forward, he is deserving of it.”
With the Blaugrana aiming to reinforce in the summer transfer window, many have been questioning whether he would be surplus.
“I live intensely the whole day, without thinking ahead because I don’t know what will happen. But what is true is that I would like to continue because I am at home here, I’m in the club and the team for which I had to fight for five years to get back to. And I think I can continue adding things for them, but it doesn’t depend on me.”
“And I’m not worried about that. My mission was to come here and show what I can bring. I’m not one of those who thinks that because of my whole career and everything I have one I don’t have to demonstrate anything to anyone, no. I always think that I should should my value. I can’t do anything else but give 200% to the club that I love and adore feverishly. But it’s up to them to decide.”
“If Barca want me to renew, love it. If they don’t want to, thank you very much and I’m going to keep defending this club to the death regardless of where I am.”
His return to the club being aged 38 was an amazing achievement and Marca was eager to find out what his secret was.
“The secret, in the first place, is the respect you hold for yourself. When you try to do something you can’t do it on the surface. You have to feel it. Now I want to start a production company because I feel it, I know that it is going to work, it will connect people, opening a giant door into the medium so that people can get to know it.”
“It’s the same when you want to extend your career, you don’t leave today’s work for tomorrow. It’s the daily construction that makes it fruitful. Now I am reaping what I have sewn as a professional sportsman which is led by doing everything with a lot of respect and determination.”
“I don’t look at my age, I look at the desire I have, the challenge I put in front of myself, which is what is going to move me… I wake up every morning knowing what I want to fight for. You can grow old on the outside, but if you are young on the inside, you will last as long as you want. My objective is that when my age surpasses my achievements, then I will stop there.”
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