The Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Juventus Stadium will be the first time Alves has faced Barca since he left for Turin last summer.
Alves had been one of the architects of Barcelona’s dominance in Spanish and European soccer in past years. He won 23 titles over eight season at the Nou Camp – including three Champions League trophies and six La Liga titles.
The right back provided 42 assists for Lionel Messi, more than any other player, and notched a total 100 assists in the league.
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Dani Alves will face Barcelona for the first time since leaving
Before the club’s 2015 Champions League final triumph over Juventus, Messi hailed Alves as the best right back in the world.
A year later, though, he left the Nou Camp on a free transfer, announcing his departure after the 2015-16 season had ended.
Despite his brilliant understanding with his teammates on the pitch, Alves’ flamboyant manner was often viewed as a lack of professionalism by the club’s hierarchy and his sometimes eye-catching social media posts also frequently irked fans.
Dani Alves won 23 trophies during his time at Barcelona
And Alves reckons Barcelona are missing him and have failed to sufficiently replace him.
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“Barcelona now? It’s strange! I’m sure they miss me!” the 33-year-old told FIFA’s official website.
“I think they appreciated me as a professional, a football player, and as someone who was good to have around the place, who made every game unique, with a new dance or new music or whatever.
“I brought a bit of joy to the dressing room. I’ve spoken to them and they’ve told me that that’s what they miss about me the most: how happy I am and the way I am. They say I’m unique.”