Dani Alves: ‘I love this game. I loved football when they didn’t pay me’

Embarking on his final World Cup at the age of 39, the full-back believes he is part of the strongest Brazil squad of recent yearsIt doesn’t take much to get Dani Alves going. It doesn’t take anything in fact: sometimes just a hello will do. The Brazilian is falling about laughing before he’s even asked the first question. Laughing? He’s cackling.“Let’s go!” he says and immediately he’s off, charging all over the place, a little like he plays. Like he used to, at least. There is a moment somewhere in the middle of a conversation that crashes by, virtually every word an excuse to crack up, grin never wiped from his face, when he says: “I think people are confused: people think football’s played inside those four white lines and it’s not; football’s played in the dressing room.”

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