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'Sunken and nervous', Dani Alves sees how his life falls apart in a 6-square-meter cell


The Brazilian defender, top winner of world titles, has been in prison for two months accused of sexual abuse. He signs autographs for the other inmates, while his family disarms and keeps losing sponsors.

Since that first night in prison in which he went to sleep without eating anything, showered with cold water and did not make the only call allowed "because he did not remember any number" to call, Daniel Alves da Silva has been locked up in a cell for two


. Catalan prison, the modern Brians 2 prison, 38 kilometers from



He wakes up and goes to bed in a


cell , with his own shower, where he spends his hours in pretrial detention, which will be many, until the trial, which has no date yet, is held.

The 39-year-old Brazilian player is one of the inmates in module 13, which groups those who commit

crimes against sexual freedom


The entrance to the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center, where Dani Alves is being held.

Photo: Josep LAGO / AFP.

Alves is accused of having had forced sex without consent with

a 23-year-old girl

in the bathroom of a private room at the Sutton disco in Barcelona, ​​at dawn on December 31 last year.

In Brians 2, where he does not watch television -he expressly asked not to have a television in his cell- and sometimes joins the snacks in the prison's sports center, Alves has spent two months

watching his life fall apart

: a few hours after being arrested On January 20, the club he had been playing for since July last year, the Pumas de la UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), terminated his contract.

And now he would be claiming compensation of

five million dollars

for breaking the ethics and good behavior clause.

Alves must not want or remember that in 2012 he reached his highest price as a soccer player: 36 million euros.

The indoor sports center of the prison where Dani Alves is.

And while he signs autographs in the prison and has gestures of generosity with the prisoners -sometimes he pays them something they want to eat-, his image, which sweetened him with 9.4 million followers on Twitter and 38.5 million on Instagram,

falls into a


Adidas did not renew the contract it had with him until the end of 2022. And the underwear (Ethika) and health (Hygia Saúde) firms that sponsored him stopped doing so.

These days, Alves is not even in the mood to leave his cell to socialize with other prisoners: the recent handwritten letter that his last wife, the Spanish model Joana Sanz, uploaded to his Instagram account "sunk"


, according to those who are close to the former Barça player.

Joana Sanz and Dani Alves, in happier times.

Photo: Instagram.

"He is completely sunk and very nervous,"

assures his entourage about the letter in which Joana tells on social networks that she is separating from him.

"It's so hard for me to accept that I could break into a thousand pieces," Joana wrote about Alves.

“Despite the damage she has caused me, I am still here by her side.

I continue and will continue to be, but in another way, ”she confessed.

And as happened a month ago, when the Barcelona Court denied his


on the grounds that there was still a risk of the player escaping -Brazil also does not extradite its citizens-, Dani Alves spends hours in


in his cell without talking to anyone.

At that time, his prison mates

were betting

on the Brazilian's fate like a roulette wheel: if his defense's request for provisional release would be an answered prayer or if the footballer would remain behind bars until the trial, which does not have a date but would be in the course of this year.

Alves was not amused by the "joke" of the Brians 2 inmates.

A month after his entry into prison, the investigation of the case was almost finished.

Statements had already been taken from the young woman who denounced him, from Alves himself, from a friend of his, and from the disco staff.

And even the DNA tests, which usually take time, would have already given their verdict: the fingerprints and the semen that could be obtained from the girl's clothes and from the bathroom floor of the disco would incriminate



no bail

On January 20, Dani Alves was in Spain with special permission from his Mexican club to attend his mother-in-law's funeral in Tenerife.

The Central Unit for Sexual Crimes of the Mossos de Esquadra - the Catalan police, who had been following the player's footsteps for weeks - summoned him to testify.

Alves introduced himself and gave various versions of his encounter with the 23-year-old girl who, in the early morning of the last day of last year, as soon as she left the bathroom in the disco's private room, she began to cry, told what had happened to her and was Referred to the Clinic Hospital in Barcelona,

​​where they confirmed the traces of the sexual assault that she denounced


Since then Dani Alves has been in jail.

In preventive detention communicated but without bail.

Dani Alves leaves the cells of the City of Justice towards the Brians I prison in a Mossos d'Esquadra vehicle.

Photo: EFE/ Quique Garcia.

He spent the first three nights in the Brians I prison and then, for security reasons, he was transferred to Brians II, a prison that also had as guests a former president of FC Barcelona -Josep Lluís Núñez-, a son of the former Catalan president Jordi Pujol and the former president of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, ​​Félix Millet, who passed away this week.

During the first days of Dani Alves in prison, another prisoner accompanied him:


, also Brazilian, who was Ronaldinho's


and doorman in some nightclubs in Barcelona.

Coutinho was by his side while the footballer adapted to 13, which, like the rest of the prison modules,

has a doctor's office, a hairdresser's, a gym, sports courts, a swimming pool and a central library.

The swimming pool of the Brians 2 Penitentiary Center, where Dani Alves is imprisoned.

Every morning, at the prisoner count that is carried out three times a day, Alves gives his



Have breakfast at 8:30 and dinner at 20:00.

And, like the rest of the inmates,

he can receive visits every 15 days

and spend time with his relatives or those he considers close.

Once a week, on the other hand, he is allowed to have meetings in the booth, through armored glass, of no more than 50 minutes.

Until now, he was visited by his ex-wife,

Dinorah Santana

, the mother of his children, ages 16 and 15, and who was his representative for a time.

“Hand in the fire?

I would put my entire body for him," Santana said a few days ago about her ex's innocence

from her.

Dinorah Santana, ex-wife and representative of Dani Alves, defends her innocence.

Photo: Capture TV.

He also went through Brians 2 Joana Sanz, before requesting a



Dani Alves could be sentenced to

 between 8 and 12 years in prison


Since she made the complaint against her, the young woman who claims to have been raped by him says that she will not accept compensation.

She only hopes that her attacker is convicted for the damage she did to him.

While in Brians 2 Dani Alves, one of the 26 summoned by the former Brazilian coach, Tite for the World Cup in Qatar last year, will miss the friendly that the Canarinha will play with Morocco in Tangier this Saturday the 25th.

Maybe he is encouraged and looks into the penalty room to follow the game of a team on television that he will very possibly never be a part of again.

It is worth remembering, he was the last captain to lift a trophy with that shirt, in the 2019 Copa América. When nothing and nobody could predict this sad outcome.

Barcelona, ​​Spain.


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