DANI ALVES has admitted Barcelona are a 'little less special' after club legend Lionel Messi left.
The Spanish giants admitted defeat in their efforts to keep the six-time Ballon d'Or winner last week.
Despite the player wanting to STAY at the Nou Camp, the finances just weren't there to secure his future.
Paris Saint-Germain are now favourites to sign the 34 year old Argentine
Alves, who played with Messi for the Catalans for eight years, has wished his old team-mate the best for the future.
The 38-year-old Sao Paulo defender told Spanish radio station Cadena SER: as translated by Mundo Deportivo: "I'm very sorry for Messi and for Barça, but sometimes in life there are cycles that have to be closed.
"Messi will continue to be Messi and Barca will continue to be Barca, but a little less special.
"Undoubtedly, because Messi is Messi a lot and he has shown it throughout his career.
"He has left everything he could to Barca, as well as all of us who were part of that time.
"I think we have been privileged to play in the best team that has ever existed in football.
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"I want to wish Barca and Messi the best, they know that I love them very much."
Alves has just written his own piece of history after winning a gold medal with Brazil in the Olympics.
He is the oldest footballer to win gold in Games history.
Messi broke down as he said an emotional goodbye in his leaving presser.
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The emotional forward was handed a tissue by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo to wipe away his tears.
A heartbroken Messi said: “I was convinced to stay here at Barcelona.
"This is my home, our home.
"I wanted to stay at Barca and it was the plan… and today I’ve to say goodbye after my entire life here."
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