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Dani Alves feels like a 'superhero' after shock Barcelona return

Dani Alves feels like a "superhero" following his return to Barcelona.

The veteran Brazilian full-back has made a sensational return to the La Liga giants after leaving the club in 2016 and is relishing the unexpected second chance with Barca - where he will work under new manager and club legend Xavi.

Alves told BarcaTV+: "I’m still shocked. As I had said publicly, I had been trying to return for a long time. I tried twice to return, but it wasn’t possible.

"Now, to return to work with people who know about my commitment on and off the pitch is a pleasure and a privilege.

"I always say that there are two shirts that make me feel like a superhero when I wear them: Brazil and Barcelona shirts. To wear this shirt again gives me a boost of strength and adrenaline. I hope I can transmit that to my team-mates."

Alves enjoyed a hugely successful eight-year spell with the club previously and revealed that his return to the Catalan outfit was "inevitable".

He explained: "My nicest memories in football happened here at Barcelona. My home is here in Barcelona, my closest relatives live here in Barcelona, so it was inevitable that I returned to Barcelona.

"The pleasant surprise is to come back as a player, but if not I would still have returned to Barcelona because it’s a fascinating city that I love.

"We need to believe that we are Barcelona, the best club in the world. Sometimes it sounds demagogic to say ‘it’s the best club in the world’, but I’ve been elsewhere and I know what I’m saying: this is the best club in the world, Barcelona is unique.

"I’m not saying it just because I’m here. Those who have left know what I’m talking about. To be here is a great honour."

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