Dani Alves bids farewell to Barça for 2nd time

Barcelona, Jun 15 (EFE).- Brazilian defender Dani Alves, who turned 39 last month, confirmed Wednesday that his second stint with FC Barcelona has come to an end.

“Now it’s time to say goodbye. It was 8+ years dedicated to this club, to those colors,” he wrote in an Instagram post addressed to Barça supporters. “But like everything in life, the years go by, the paths deviate and the stories are written for sometime in different places – and so it was.”

Barcelona won 23 titles with Alves between 2008 and 2016, when he left for Juventus, helping the Bianconeri to the Serie A crown and the Coppa Italia during his one season in Turin.

The Brazil international also had success with Paris Saint-Germain, including back-to-back Ligue 1 title, and was part of a championship squad at Sao Paulo before coming back to Barcelona last year on a free transfer.

“I would also like to thank all the staff for the opportunity they gave me to return to this club and be able to wear again that wonderful shirt, you don’t know how happy I am,” Alves wrote Wednesday on Instagram.

Barcelona, which declined to offer Alves another contract, is reported to have its eye on Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta as a replacement for the Brazilian.

“A very beautiful cycle closes and a more challenging cycle opens. May the world never forget: A LION EVEN AT 39 YEARS OLD IS STILL A GOOD CRAZY LEONNNN. Forever LONG LIVE BARÇA!,” Alves concluded. EFE gmh/dr

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