Barcelona star Dani Alves hurt by criticism

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves claims he has been hurt by criticism of his professionalism this season, and claims his performances this term have almost been on a par with his best years at the Camp Nou.

Alves was in and out of the Barcelona team at the start of the campaign, with Adriano often preferred to his compatriot at right-back, and the former was criticised for a number of uncharacteristically lacklustre performances.

The 29-year-old Brazilian has, however, established himself back in the plans of the Barcelona management, recently rejoined by head coach Tito Vilanova, and Alves' display against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday suggested he was benefiting from the faith shown in him.

Alves laid on the opener for Lionel Messi with an exquisite ball and impressed throughout the encounter at the Parc des Princes, which ended 2-2 with a second leg in Barcelona still to come.

It was a performance reminiscent of the Alves of old, but the right-back claims he has been near his top level all season, and any criticism about his displays for Barcelona this term have been unwarranted.

"I always give my all on the pitch. It hurts when people question my professionalism and my attitude," Alves told France Football.

"They said I was not my usual self. That's apparently the way things go, one day you're the best, and the next day you're a nobody.

"If you just look at the statistics, my performances have been pretty similar to that of my best years at the club. 

"We'll see at the end of the season whether I've had a good year. Personally, I think it will be a good season, and it could even be great if we win titles."

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