‘Pass the ball to Messi!’ – Alves’ advice to Dest as...

‘Pass the ball to Messi!’ – Alves’ advice to Dest as...
‘Pass the ball to Messi!’ – Alves’ advice to Dest as...

The club’s former full-back had a simple message for a player who wanted to follow in his footsteps at Camp Nou this season

Dani Alves has given some simple advice to new Barcelona defender Sergino Dest, telling the US national team star to just pass the ball to Lionel Messi whenever he can.

Alves and Messi have regularly teamed up on the right flank during the Brazilian period, with Dest now playing a similar role under Ronald Koeman.

The former Ajax star has not yet taken part in goals in his first nine games for Barcelona but has shown promise as an attacking full-back.

Alves, who came on off at Camp Nou with an impressive 101 assists, likes what he sees early on from Dest and urges the American to make the most of his Argentine star teammate.

“If I have to give Dest one advice, it’s very simple: pass the ball to Messi,” said Alves RAC 1.

“Sergino Dest has a lot of quality and a chance of success at Barca, but I don’t like making comparisons. It happened to me with Cafu … they don’t make sense. ”

Dest will no doubt take Alves’ advice to heart as the USMNT defender recently expressed his affection for the current Sao Paulo right-back.

“Dani Alves is my role model, he plays in the same position and I’ve seen a lot of YouTube videos from him and learned a lot,” said Dest in October.

“His teammates are here in Barcelona and I can ask their advice. I want to be a player who is like him. ”

While Alves is keeping a clear eye on Dest, the Brazilian seems a bit bitter that he hasn’t had a chance to sign for the Catalans again.

“I offered myself to Barca to come back. I went to Juve to prove that I am still at a good level, ”said Alves RAC 1.

“I wanted to go back to Barca and they needed me but they didn’t have the balls to admit they were wrong with me. If they had treated me the way I deserved, I would still be playing for Barca today. I love this club.

“I think Barca just want to be a trading and business club… buying and selling players. If you do, you will lose your identity. I think that’s the problem for Barcelona. ”

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