Blatant acts of racism are unfortunately nothing new for some Spanish soccer fans, as Brazilian fullback Dani Alves, who plays for Barcelona, knows all too well. In 2011, Alves declared, “At first I was quite shocked, but now I don’t give it any importance. I have learned to live with it.”
That could explain the aplomb with which Alves handled the latest insult thrown his way — literally, this time. As Alves was preparing to send in a corner kick in a game at La Liga rival Villareal, someone tossed a banana at him. Rather than get fazed in the slightest, Alves simply grabbed the banana, peeled it, took a big bite and proceeded with the corner kick.
Oh, and Alves played a big role as Barcelona stormed back back from 2-0 down to win, 3-2. Proving that revenge is a dish best served with a healthy dose of potassium. Or something like that.
“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said Sunday. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”