Dani Alves was racially abused in Barcelona's win over Villarreal at the weekend and provided a brilliant response to racists that threw a banana at him, before ridiculing them on Instagram after the match.
Lionel Messi scored a late winner to complete the Catalan club's comeback from 2-0 down at El Madrigal but the headlines after the game were dominated by the incident involving Alves. He was taking a corner when one fan threw a banana at him, which he proceeded to pick up, peel and take a big bite before taking the corner.
Many were delighted by his response and it prompted lots of support given to him by fellow players and fans on social media. Alves posted a video of the incident on his own Instagram account, which you can see above, accompanied by joke and anti-racism slogan.
"My father always told me: son eats banana which prevents cramping lol, as you guessed it?" went the message.
He was also interviewed by media after the match and used being asked about his gesture as another opportunity to ridicule the supporter. It was two Alves crosses that had led to the two own goals scored by Villarreal defenders in the second half to erase the home side's lead and he had a choice comment for the fan in relation to this.
"I don't know who threw the banana but I want to thank him. It gave me the energy to put two more crosses in for our goals," he said to reporters.
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