There’s nothing more satisfying than a cocky footballer getting his comeuppance.
And Dani Alves, as good as he is, falls into that category.
Before the first ‘Classique’ of the season on Sunday between PSG and Marseille, the Parisiens’ players had spent the build up exuding completely unnecessary arrogance.
Thomas Meunier claimed French football’s biggest game was ‘nothing special’ but Alves stirred the pot even further.
“I couldn’t tell you a name of a single Marseille player,” said Alves.
Let’s explore that claim, shall we?
Alves, of course, was being sarcastic but when you consider his former Juventus team-mate Patrice Evra and Brazil compatriot Luiz Gustavo – both of whom he’s regularly played alongside during his career – play for Marseille it’s pretty insulting.
Gustavo perfectly silenced Alves’ silly remarks by opening the scoring with a long-range strike in a famous 2-2 draw that could have been better for Marseille had Edinson Cavani not produced a moment of magic in injury time.
The clash at the Stade Velodrome was definitely not ‘nothing special’ as Meunier put it, with Neymar’s sending off and Cavani’s stunner only small components of the drama that unfolded.
PSG might boast some of the best players in the world and have money coming out of their ears, but disharmony has started to shine through in recent weeks.
Neymar, in particular, has caused several issues since his world-record move in the summer, allegedly falling out with both Cavani and manager Unai Emery.
Comments like these from Alves and Meunier certainly won’t help the ‘arrogant’ image they’re starting to give off.