Dani Alves announces return to Pumas amid sexual assault allegations

Brazilian footballer Dani Alves, the player with the most titles in soccer history, will return to honor his contract with Mexican football’s Pumas amid an accusation of an alleged sexual assault on a woman in a Barcelona nightclub.

The defender was a Barcelona player until he made the move to Pumas after it became clear he would not get the game time that he wanted with the Blaugrana.

“We are going into the second round with the confidence and personality that characterise us. Always positive and eager to change the history of the ‘PEOPLE’. See you soon ‘boyzz’,” was a part of the Instagram post that Alves shared, showing himself in the Pumas kit.

Alves, who turns 40 in May, is on holiday after playing his third World Cup with Brazil at Qatar 2022. During his days off, ABC reported that a woman accused the former Barcelona player of touching her inappropriately.

The accuser went to report the three-time European champion to the Catalan police, who, according to the newspaper, are investigating Alves. The Olympic champion with Brazil in Tokyo 2020 denied having assaulted the woman and instead used his social networks hours later to dispel rumours in the Mexican press that he was out of the Pumas team.

“I don’t know what kind of men you are used to dealing with, but this one here is a great guy who never gives up. Every change takes adaptation, whatever you call it, but acceptance, knowledge and learning are the starting points for intelligent people,” the former Sevilla player added in his message.

Pumas began their pre-season for the Clausura 2023 tournament on November 3, when Alves was in training with Brazil for Qatar 2022.

In Qatar, Alves made two appearances, one as a starter, but failed to win one of the titles he has been denied in his successful career, the World Cup, as the Brazilians were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Croatia.

Alves arrived at Pumas in July 2022, as the Mexican league’s star reinforcement in the summer transfer window.

The Brazilian’s impact on the pitch was not positive as Pumas finished second-to-last in the standings, out of title contention. The former Juventus player will seek revenge with Pumas in the Clausura 2023, in which his team will debut on January 8 when they host Juarez.