Brazil defender Dani Alves has opened up on why he left Spanish giants Barcelona in 2016 to join Italian champions, Juventus.
Speaking in a Question and Answer session with his 31.7million followers on Instagram, Alves said he left the Catalans because he had a lack of faith in the club’s hierarchy, adding that ‘they called him crazy’ but he ended up being “a good crazy”.
The 37-year-old right-back, who currently plays for Sao Paulo in his homeland, said after joining Juventus in 2016, he felt that Barcelona’s chiefs had not been open about the fact that they wanted to sell him after spending eight years at the club.
“I did not believe in the leaders who were in charge in that moment,” said Alves, who won six La Liga titles and three Champions League in almost 400 appearances during his time at Barcelona.
“Later, it was proven that I was right. As I was the first person who said it, they called me crazy, but, as always…I am a good crazy!’
Barca have been unable to win the Champions League since Alves left, with the club mired in administrative issues and decline that has seen top players – including Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Luis Suarez leave.