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Dani Alves shares why he chose the number 8 shirt for his second coming at Barcelona.

Barcelona’s new signing Dani Alves has revealed why he chose the number 8 jersey during his second tenure at the club.

In front of nearly 10,000 supporters, the Brazilian was officially unveiled for the second time in his career on Wednesday.

Dani Alves reveals why he chose number 8 shirt in second stint at Barcelona
Dani Alves reveals why he chose number 8 shirt in second stint at Barcelona

Speaking to the crowd, he explained why he chose the famed number 8 shirt, which was famously won by Andres Iniesta, with whom he played.

“I chose it because you have to pay tribute in life. I want to do it for Hristo Stoichkov and the great Andrés Iniesta,” he confessed.

Joan Laporta, the club president was also presented during the unveiling, with Alves unable to hide his excitement.

“I am here once again. The last time I grabbed the microphone I said that I did not know how long this dream would last, or it had come to an end, but now we can say no!

“You made me feel like one of you and I have come back because I am one of you.” He added: “Between us all we have to put Barça back where they belong.”

Alves is Xavi’s first signing as Barcelona Manager, and he is expected to guide the team back to glory after a series of bad performances.