Ex-Barca Star Dani Alves Leaves Sao Paulo Due to Salary Dispute

Dani Alves while playing in Europe
Dani Alves while playing in Europe. Photo by Alfonso Jimenez/Shutterstock

Former Barcelona star right-back Dani Alves has ended his stint with Brazil side Sao Paulo. The club announced on Friday that Alves won’t play for the club anymore due to a salary dispute between the two sides.

According to Sao Paulo sporting director Carlos Belmonte, Alves refused to return to training after an international stint with Brazil’s national team due to unpaid wages. Belmonte explained that the club was willing to talks with the player and find a way to resolve the issue, but he refused.

After receiving a negative response through his representatives, Sao Paulo opted to release Alves.

“We have taken the decision and told this to coach Hernan Crespo that Dani Alves will no longer be at his disposal to play for Sao Paulo,” Belmonte told reporters during a press conference.

The amount that Sao Paulo owes Alves is around $2 million, according to Goal.

After a successful spell in Europe, that saw him play for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain, Dani Alves returned home to Brazil in 2019 and signed a contract with Sao Paulo that should have kept him with the club through 2022.

Alves ended up playing 95 games during his stint with Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A side, scoring nine goals and dishing 14 assists. He also helped Sao Paulo win Campeonato Paulista earlier this year before being released.