Dani Alves came into Lionel Messi’s defense after Liverpool thrashed Barcelona out of the UEFA Champions League as the Catalans were bullied by the Reds at Anfield.
The former FC Barcelona defender said Messi is untouchable and not to blame for the debacle in England earlier this week and blames the board and management for their flawed transfer policies and also feels that Barcelona is not the team it used to be.
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Alves plied his trade at Barcelona for eight years and built a lethal partnership with Messi as the Brazilian loved setting up the Argentine.
The heart of the matter
In a recent interview with ESPN, Alves came to his former teammate Lionel Messi’s defense as Barcelona crumbled against Liverpool 4-0 in the second leg even after taking a commanding lead of 3-0 in the first leg as he went on to state:
“After the first leg, he was out of this world, an alien — however you want to say it”
“But I still think the one untouchable person in football is Leo [Messi] because of what he brings to the game.
“Even if things don’t turn out well, Leo’s always fine. But this is a team sport and everyone has his responsibility. Cristiano [Ronaldo], Leo and Neymar get the cover when things go well for their teams, but they also have to be on the cover when things don’t go well.
“They’re not going to write a headline that says: ‘Eliminated’ with Dani on the cover. No, they are part of it too. So for better or for worse, they are the ones who will be on the cover.
“When it comes to football, I don’t think you can speak badly of Messi.”