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Dani Alves responds to not being included in Ballon d’Or Dream Team top-10 right-back nominees

Javier Giorgetti

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The renowned magazine France Football, in charge of the Ballon d’Or award, is holding awards for the best XI in the history of football. There are 10 nominees for each position in the lineup. In the right-back position, Dani Alves wasn’t nominated for the top-10 in that position, which caused a lot of discussion on social media. That’s why the Brazilian himself expressed his thoughts on the issue.

Dani Alves communicated on his official Twitter account that he is not interested in individual prizes. The Brazilian legend only tries to inspire people to fulfill their dreams, as he states.

“Individual prizes inspire the creation of selfish people…nothing bothers me not in individual lists, I don’t live for that. My legacy is just inspiring people to dream their dreams.”

Dani Alves’ response on not being included in Ballon d’Or Dream Team top-10 right-back nominees (via Twitter)

Full list of top-10 right-back nominees for the France Football Ballon d’Or Dream Team:

  • Giuseppe Bergomi (1980-1999)
  • Cafú (1989-2008)
  • Carlos Alberto (1963-1981)
  • Djalma Santos (1948-1970)
  • Claudio Gentile (1972-1988)
  • Manfred Kaltz (1971-1990)
  • Philipp Lahm (2002-2017)
  • Wim Suurbier (1964-1982)
  • Lilian Thuram (1991-2008)
  • Berti Vogts (1965-1979)

Alves once again shows his humility that described him perfectly during his time at Barcelona. Considering the fact that Alves is the player with the most official titles (41) in the history of football, the 37-year-old has nothing to prove.

Even though France Football didn’t consider Alves in their top-10 list of right-backs, everyone knows that the Brazilian full-back was one of the greatest in his position, if not the greatest. France Football’s awards have lost their credibility a long time ago anyway.

The love I feel for this club is as great as the desire to share my admiration for it. Being a fan of Barcelona since when I was 8 years old and growing up watching games week after week. It makes no sense to feel so much love for this club. Being able to transmit all that love with more lovers of this sport is priceless.

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Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed

Udhav Arora

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As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.

Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”

As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”

Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”

The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”

“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.

The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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