◼️ Despite his feelings, the player sent a positive message to the Brazilian fans ahead of the tournament in Russia.
Dani Alves couldn’t contain the tears upon learning that he will not be able to play the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to a knee injury. The Brazilian striker was looking to play his third World Cup, but a detachment of the cruciate ligament in his right knee will prevent it.
The Brazilian national team coordinator, Edu Gaspar, and the doctor of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, Rodrigo Lasmar, traveled to Paris to talk with the PSG player.
“Alves was strong at first, assimilating what the doctor was saying, who was brilliant detailing what was happening. But I will not deny that he cried, came and went crying while trying to be strong,” said Gaspar, according to Mundo Deportivo.
For his part, the Scratch technician, Tite, could not accompany them to Paris, but he called Alves by telephone as soon as the doctors’ diagnosis was known.
“Tite talked to him on the phone. Alves was quite affected and sunk, we tried to cheer him up, although tears came to his eyes. I don’t know what Tite told him exactly, I wasn’t close, although when we left Brazil, he (Tite) already knew that maybe he would be without Daniel,” Gaspar added.
During the meeting in Paris, Alves also asked that they send a positive message to the Brazilian fans. “Have a good energy, I don’t want them to be sad or melancholic,” the defense told them.
Alves disputed the World Cups of South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 with the Canarinha. With just turned 35, Russia 2018 painted to be his last participation, it will be difficult to reach Qatar 2022.