Hate is a strong word, but it isn’t strong enough for some Real Madrid fans when it comes to Dani Alves.
Alves, who won 13 major trophies during his eight year spell at Barcelona, is up against Real again tonight in the Champions League with his current side PSG hoping to knockout the holders.
But any mutual respect between the Spanish giants and the 34-year-old was lost during the 2011 Champions League semi-final when the Madrid fans claimed he got Pepe sent off.
The Madrid defender fouled Alves and the Brazilian then proceeded to theatrically roll around on the floor, which resulted in Pepe’s sending off.
Alves was stretchered off after the incident and Barcelona would go onto win both the match and the competition.
And the Madrid fans still haven’t let it go.
But a war of words engulfed after the match between the player and Madrid’s then manager, Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese’s strong post-match comments about the way the referee handled the situation involving the right-back not going down too well.
“I haven’t said anything to the referee,” he said.
“I just laughed and applauded with two fingers.
“If I said what I really thought, my career would end today.”
Alves responded to Mourinho’s strong words: “People talk about him as if he invented football. He didn’t.”
But Mourinho wasn’t finished their, replying: “What Dani Alves said? Einstein couldn’t have put it better.
“He is right: I didn’t invent football.
“But I would like to remind him that it was a Portuguese who discovered his country.”
Although neither Mourinho or Pepe are still with Real, it’s still likely to be a feisty encounter at the Bernabéu tonight.