Mr Good Crazy
Exclusive Interview with Dani Alves
In a whirlwind 24 hours, we jetted off to France to meet Brazilian full-back and football’s most colorful character Dani Alves in a luxury hotel in the French capital. The outspoken and ambitious star, 36, has won everything there is to win in spells with Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG. As Bahia-born Alves prepares to embark on a new chapter we sat down with the eccentric player to talk about his ‘crazy’ persona, loud fashion sense and his admiration for ‘genius’ Pep Guardiola.
When you do finally decide to call time on your playing days, what do you think will feel like you’re the biggest achievement in your career?
To become what I have become in football, a professional footballer. Not a lot of people can do it or even get to this level with consistent performances and trophies. I have also been able to live my father’s dream. He desperately wanted to be a footballer but didn’t make it.
What are your business interests outside of football?
I have a cosmetic company, a company for commodities and a music production company with a studio in Brazil. My brother is a singer. His whole life is first about football and then about music. Me, I am the opposite. I think music is my first love and football is my second. After football, I will go into a career in music. I love music. I am a bit in the clouds sometimes when I go into the studio.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your bold looks?
My inspiration comes from other girls. When I see girls in the street I don’t look at the girl herself, I look at the combination of colours that she is wearing and the look she has created. They are more fashionable. I take inspiration from them and create an outfit of my own based on what I’ve seen.
I like the magazine because it takes the readers to the other side of the game. It’s not just about football; it’s about the lifestyle we have. It includes all the things that we love. When I am with my teammates we don’t always talk about football. We have different hobbies. This shows the people more about the other parts of the player’s lives and interests, and this is amazing. When I saw the magazine, I said I wanted to show people that part of me. I said I want to be on page number one. You create what you want in this world. Some people love football and others don’t. Same are more for fashion or art. This magazine tells their stories and I love it very much.