Alves contributed 21 goals and 101 assists to Barca’s cause in 391 games between 2008 and 2016, establishing himself as arguably the world’s best right-back in the process.
Alves was allowed to leave Barca as a free agent the following year and was promptly snapped up by the Italian champions on a two-year contract.
The 37-year-old won a Serie A and Coppa Italia double in his only season in Turin, while also playing a key role in Juve’s run to another champion League final, only to be on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline against Real Madrid.
He left the Allianz Stadium by mutual consent in the summer of 2017 before joining Paris Saint-Germain, where he added even more domestic silverware to his impressive collection under both Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel.
Alves made his way back to his homeland after two years in France and is still going strong at Sao Paulo to this day despite advancing well into the latter stages of his career, but he has now opened up on a failed return to Catalonia which left a sour taste in his mouth.
“I offered myself to Barca to come back. I went to Juve to prove I was still at a good level,” the veteran defender told RAC 1.
“I wanted to return to Barca and they needed me, but they didn’t have the balls to admit that they were wrong with me. If they had treated me as I thought I deserved, today I would still continue playing for Barca. I love this club.”
Alves is the latest in a long line of players to hit out at the way Barcelona has been run at boardroom level in recent years, as the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar had all aimed public criticism at club president Josep Maria Bartomeu amid a lack of progress on and off the pitch.