The São Paulo announced this Friday the departure of the Brazilian international Dani Alves, the soccer player with the most titles in history, after the player told them that he will not train again until the club catches up with a millionaire debt.
“We made the decision, and we communicated it to Hernán Crespo (team technician), that Daniel Alves is no longer available to act in Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is more important than all of us, “he said. Carlos Belmonte, the team’s athletic director, in a video posted by the team on Twitter.
Dani Alves, 38, was due to appear this Friday to the training of the tricolor of São Paulo after participating in the triple day of the South American World Cup with Brazil, but his representatives informed the board that the full-back would not return to practice until the debt is paid, he said Belmonte.
The São Paulo team owes him 11 million reais (about 2.1 million dollars), according to the local press.
“Sao Paulo recognizes the debt and last week made a proposal seeking an agreement, but it was not accepted by the representatives. The negotiation will continue with the legal and financial department “, explained the manager.
This is how the quarrel began
The relationships between São Paulo and Alves became tense since the player left with the Brazilian team to the Tokyo Olympics, which were held between July 23 and August 8.
Directors and sectors of the tricolor fan questioned that he left at a time when São Paulo starred in a bad start to the season at Brasileirao.
After win gold with the ‘Seleçao’, with which he reached his 43rd title, the ex-zaguero of the Barcelona and the PSG assured that he had joined the national team because Sao Paulo had “failed him a lot”.
Alves, who until now has not commented on his departure, landed at the Morumbí stadium in August 2019, after winning the America Cup held that year in Brazil.
The player signed a contract until the end of 2022 with the club of his loves, with which won the Paulista Championship last May, ending an eight-year tricolor drought without titles.