Lionel Messi’s partnerships with Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Xavi provided some beautiful moments on the pitch, but there’s another player who the Argentinian linked up extremely well with.
Dani Alves worked so well with Messi, assisting 26 of his goals for Barcelona and orchestrating many great moves down the right-hand side.
Alves wasn’t afraid to move infield and assist in Barcelona’s attacks, though. That was what made the Brazilian right-back such a dangerous player during his time at Camp Nou, especially under Pep Guardiola.
He was a teammate of Messi’s for eight years between 2008 and 2016, during which time they won six La Liga titles and three Champions League medals together.
It all came to an end when Alves left for Juventus but his connection with Messi remains iconic.
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And a six-minute video highlighting their partnership proves just how strong their understanding was.
The video, which has been viewed 2.87 million times, features the caption: ‘How Leo Messi and Dani Alves gave the one-two a new dimension.’
Those are two footballers who share a complete faith and understanding in one another.
And to think, they’re two completely different characters.
Messi is reserved and shy. He doesn’t enjoy the limelight and lets his football do his talking.
Alves, on the other hand, is loud, brash, and loves being the centre of attention.
But when they took the field together for Barcelona, they showcased a deep understanding that was forged following hours spent working together at training.
Messi hasn't shared such a strong relationship with any other right-back since.News Now - Sport News