Bonucci: Alves is an alien

Dani Alves

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has praised the impact Dani Alves has had on the club since joining from Barcelona at the beginning of the season.

The Brazilian fullback initially struggled in Turin, but has since become an integral part of Max Allegri's side, providing a wealth of experience on the right flank during their run to the Champions League final.

Not only has Alves performances been impressive in defence, but the wing-back has also scored five goals – a valuable contribution as they aim to win a sixth consecutive Scudetto, a third Coppa Italia in a row, and their first Champions League title in 21 years.

"Dani Alves is an alien," Bonucci told Il Giornale. "Only a great player and a serious professions can change his style of play to adapt to our philosophy like he has done.

"He has brought experience and enthusiasm to Juventus. It took him some time to understand Italian football and Juventus' style, but he has reached a surreal level now."