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Dani Alves claims he's losing interest in football because of corruption

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If you’re a Barcelona player, surely you’ve got to be absolutely loving your football at the moment.

The Catalan club are eight points clear in La Liga, in the final of the Copa del Rey and have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they look to complete a ‘double-treble’ after last season’s success.

It must be fantastic to be a Barca player.

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Well, not if you’re Dani Alves because the right-back seems to have a strong dislike for the game.

"When I retire, I'll try to leave the world of football behind,” he told Late Motiv, as per Goal.com.

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"I love football, but every time there's less talk about the game, so you get tired and you're no longer interested in following it.

"It becomes more corrupted and rotten every day,” he added.

The 31-year-old went onto state the he believes football is losing its basic tradition and is being caught up in commercialisation.

"It is becoming more and more prostituted.

"We are speaking less and less about football and if you love something, you end up losing interest.”

Playing in front 100,000 every week, earning a ridiculous amount of money for one of the best sides the world has ever seen - is Alves just being a spoilt brat?

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Or does he actually have a point about football becoming more about money, than about the love for the beautiful game?

There’s bound to be millions of youngsters that would dream of being in Alves’ boots and it’s a shame for him to suggest that he doesn’t enjoy it.

He has played at the Nou Camp for eight seasons after being signed from Sevilla in the summer of 2008 after winning back-to-back UEFA Cups.

But for Blaugrana he’s won every trophy possible. Five league titles, three Copa del Reys, three Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups represent an incredible career.

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How can he not enjoy football after all that he’s won?

At least Alves showed some passion when he was dicussing his side’s chance of completing yet another historic treble.

"We have an incredible challenge ahead and these things make people move. We are coming off an incredible year and that this point we believe this one could be even better.

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"That moves us. When you are a footballer and live off this profession, you live for these moments," he added

Alves’ rant has come in the same week that former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto also used the word “prostitutes” to describe footballers.

The Cameroonian explained that he brought a pair of boots off Ebay for £23 because: "'I'd rather be free than prostitute myself for a sponsor.”

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