In a very different way than the São Paulo expected, came to an end yesterday (16) the passage of full-back Daniel Alves at Morumbi. The player of the Brazilian team is one of the bombastic Tricolor signings from São Paulo to go far from the resounding success expected on the day of the presentation.
Hired with an exorbitant salary for the standards of Brazilian football, Dani Alves won a title in São Paulo with Tricolor this season, but left the club by the back door with several controversies, contract termination and a debt of R$ 18 million that the São Paulo agreed to pay for the next five years starting in 2022. It is a script that has already become common in Morumbi.
In March 2019, São Paulo made a great effort to win the dispute with rivals and announce the return of striker Alexandre Pato. A lot of expectations were created on the player who was returning from China and had already shone for the club, but the striker didn’t even fulfill half of the period foreseen in the contract.
Almost a year and a half later, in August 2020, São Paulo and Alexandre Pato reached an agreement to terminate the relationship that was valid until the end of 2022. With the striker, there was wear and tear both on the field and behind the scenes, with salary delays , weighing for the decision to break. Does it look similar?
In a different relationship, but with a similar outcome, Hernanes was another disappointment after such high expectations placed on the return of the “Prophet”, who was also in China. São Paulo paid 3 million euros at the end of 2018 and signed with the midfielder until the end of 2021.
Contrary to what he had done in 2017, when he was a key figure to save the team from relegation, this third passage was largely erased. Hernanes struggled to get off the bench and also said goodbye to the club in July, five before the end of his contract. The difference is that, until the end, the player made a good impression due to his professionalism and positive influence in the daily life with the younger players.
Other players of lesser expression have also had their ties recently terminated without meeting the deadline stipulated in the contract. Striker Bruno Rodrigues —a contract already under the current São Paulo administration, on loan— and full-back Júnior Tavares, both this season, were two of them.