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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Dani Alves' injury heartache is a huge blow to Brazil's World Cup hopes – and to all true football fans

"I don’t want anybody to cry for me," he insisted.

"I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me. I have lived my dreams. Dani Alves is not going to the World Cup, but he is still one happy motherfucker."


That's as maybe, but Brazil are going to miss him dearly. Not just as a full-back – although massively, massively as a full-back – but as a personality and a leader. As someone who can always raise a smile in the changing room, too.

In my latest World Cup preview for Unibet, I look at Brazil's options for replacing him in the starting XI. Have a read here.

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