Dani Alves: ‘I’d give Ballon d’Or to Eriksen’

Former Juventus full-back Dani Alves said he would give the Ballon d’Or 2021 to Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen. ‘Lionel Messi is the best, but it would be nice if Eriksen won it’.

The former Bianconeri has returned to Barcelona as a free agent and will be eligible to play from January.

He said it’s a ‘different’ feeling at the Blaugrana at the moment and wants to help the club ‘reconstruct’.

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“The feeling of having returned to Barcelona is different, the situation is more difficult and we must try to do things well,” Dani Alves told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are in a phase of reconstruction, the club has to start again.”

His previous team in Italy are also in trouble after 14 fixtures in Serie A, as Juventus currently sit seventh in the table with 21 points.

“I’m sad to see the team in this situation,” Dani Alves added. “But I think they can get back to the top.

“Italian football is more balanced, but I believe that the Bianconeri remain a great team and will be able to recover.”

The 38-year-old, who has won three Champions League with Barcelona and picked up the double in Italy during his one season with the Old Lady, was asked who should receive the Ballon d’Or in the Theatre du Catelet tonight.

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He said Inter midfielder Eriksen should be given the Ballon d’Or 2021 ‘for what he’s been through’ and believes it would be a ‘strong message’ to give the award to the Denmark international, who collapsed at EURO 2020 and suffered a cardiac arrest in the opening game at Parken Stadium.

“Eriksen deserves the Ballon d’Or this year,” Dani Alves continued. “For what he’s been through. It would be a strong message for the whole world of football, people would have more sensitivity.

“Messi is the best, he has been for 20 years, but it would be nice for everyone if Eriksen won it.”

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