Daniel Alves' Brazil Teammates, Friends Hit #WeAreAllMonkeys Banana Tribute

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 28, 2014

Daniel Alves' Brazil Teammates, Friends Hit #WeAreAllMonkeys Banana Tribute

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    Dani Alves' response to a fan throwing a banana at him during Barcelona's trip to Villarreal on Sunday drew huge praise from the football world.

    Alves barely broke his stride, but picked up the banana, took a bite from it, and continued with the corner.

    Later, his Brazil and Barcelona teammate Neymar started a #weareallmonkeys tag in support of his friend (#somostodosmacacos in Portuguese, his native language).

    And it has caught on amongst the Brazil team and beyond, a positive message as a serious issue is thrown into focus.

    Footballers stand with @DaniAlvesD2, take to social media with #weareallmonkeys http://t.co/EkXCT0Uljg pic.twitter.com/1UTvHUZFHD

    — Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) April 28, 2014

    Here are some of the shows of support. 

Neymar: We Are All Monkeys

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    Barcelona and Brazil team-mate Neymar enlisted his son for a picture after the game.

    The caption, translated from Portuguese on his Instagram picture, read: "We are all monkeys."

    And it sparked more tweets of support for Alves.

Hulk and Friends Are United

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    Hulk is set to represent Brazil at the World Cup along with Alves and Neymar, and he gathered his friends round for a social picture.

    The striker currently plays for Zenit St Petersburg in Russia—a country that has had its own issues with racism.

Sergio Aguero with Marta

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    Rui Vieira

    The Manchester City and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero happened to be with a star of the women's game in Brazil—and they hopped on the banana trend: 

    With my colleague Marta from Brazil we say #NoToRacism. We are all equal. pic.twitter.com/0kWLsaAgwP

    — Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 28, 2014

David Luiz, Willian and Oscar (Chelsea and Brazil)

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    Three of Chelsea's Brazilian contingent combined to make a video, saying that they too are all monkeys.

    Luiz, hosting the video on his Instagram page, gets the banana-holding duties.

Fernandinho (Manchester City and Brazil)

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    Fernandinho found a picture of a chimpanzee with a banana, and borrowed Neymar's monkey hashtag on Instagram.

    The Manchester City midfielder lines up with Alves for the Brazil national team.

Julio Baptista: We're All with You

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    Julio Baptista, formerly of Arsenal and now of Cruzeiro, added his name to the list of those backing Alves.

    Baptista spent several years of his career in Spain, most recently with Malaga.

     

Neymar's Sister Joins in

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    Neymar's sister Rafaella Beckran showed solidarity with her brother's team-mate with her own "we are all monkeys" selfie.

Falcao, Brazilian Futsal Icon

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    Falcao may not be overly familiar outside his native Brazil, but in his homeland he is famed as a futsal star for the national team.

    His latest Instagram message backed the Barcelona duo of Alves and Neymar, as the country as a whole catches on to the anti-racism message.

Dries Mertens (Belgium and Napoli)

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    As more and more people showed solidarity with Alves, players without a natural connection to the Brazilian echoed his actions.

     

Spurs Duo Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli

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    Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli joined in the theme, with the duo pictured eating bananas in their Tottenham training kits. 

    Dembele and Chadli kicking racism out of football via @JoshuaWynne. #THFC pic.twitter.com/kpkvtJHSzi

    — Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) April 28, 2014

     

Liverpool Team-Mates Luis Suarez and Coutinho

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    Clint Hughes

    Liverpool team-mates Coutinho and Luis Suarez of Brazil and Uruguay, respectively, tweeted out their support on Monday. 

    with @luis16suarez . We're all the same. #Saynotoracism. pic.twitter.com/rV4TVtT43e

    — Philipe Coutinho (@Phil_Coutinho) April 28, 2014

    Suarez has been the center of racial controversy in the past, as he was suspended for eight matches in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan and Italy)

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    And Mario Balotelli, who has been a notable figure in football racism issues of recent times, also got in on the act on Instagram.

    The Italian made headlines before Euro 2012 when he said he would walk off the field if he were a victim of racial abuse.