Daniel Alves: I could've gone to Real Madrid

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Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has revealed that he opted against signing for Real Madrid back in 2007 following the death of Antonio Puerta.

Former Sevilla defender Puerta died of cardiac arrest during a La Liga match against Getafe on 28 August 2007.

And Alves eventually joined Real's bitter rivals Barcelona for £28 million a year later, making him the third most expensive player bought by the Catalan giants.

"I had many chances to sign for Real Madrid but in the end fate did not want that to happen and prepared something better for me," Alves told Soccer Is Life magazine.

"I am very happy here and that belongs in the past.

"I accepted (staying at Sevilla) because of Antonio's death. We lived an unforgettable moment for the pain and that always leaves its mark on you. It will forever remain in your memory."

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