Dani Alves’ days as a Juventino are officially over. Today the club announced on their official website that the 34 year-old has terminated his contract with the club. This would be the first step before his widely anticipated move to Manchester City to reunite with Pep Guardiola.
The long-time Barcelona fullback made his move to Turin just last year and while enduring a short rough start, eventually became one of the key players of the team. There is no doubting that he was a big reason that Juventus enjoyed the success they did.
From the official announcement:
Alves lifted two trophies in his single season in Turin, contributing to a third consecutive domestic league and cup double for the club before helping the team reach the UEFA Champions League final.
The Brazilian made a total of 33 appearances for the Bianconeri, having a hand in 12 goals (six goals, six assists), seven of which came in European matches.
I don’t think you can ask for much more of a statistical output from a fullback, and the amount of discussion on his status of being the best right back in the world will tell you that he had quite the impressive season on both sides of the pitch.
Perhaps his best match as a Juventino came in the Champions League semi-final in the return leg against Monaco. He scored once and set-up another (which wasn’t given an official assist, but it was an assist nonetheless), and was our best player in a fixture that sent us to the final.
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses as Dani made some controversial comments in the last few weeks, but that shouldn’t take away from what he did for us on the field. Dani gave us a season of elite quality at the fullback position which helped us get to the Champions League Final and for that he should be celebrated.