Brazil defender Dani Alves has launched a verbal tirade at those who have seen fit to criticise his side's exit from the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Germany.
The Barcelona figure took to Instagram, branding those concerned as "losers" and "a------s" after the Selecao saw their tournament dreams shattered by a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Joachim Low's side.
ESPN provides a translation of Alves' post, made in his native Portuguese:
I know a lot of a------s will make fun. I know a lot of losers in the biggest game in the world, which is the book of life, will rejoice," Alves said in a post on his Instagram account.
I want to take this hard moment for all of us who chose football as a profession and who were chosen to represent our country in this World Cup. I would say that, for me to share with you all this time, was an unmatched pleasure.
But I would like to say publicly that you are f-----g champions. I am privileged to be part of this group, you are champions, which all these a------s will never be. Today you are not respected here but in the rest of the world I'm sure you are. Bad days like this teach us to appreciate the good days.
The German defeat left more than just a bitter taste in the mouths of many Brazilians. An utter humiliation in front of a global audience, a large section of the hosting population responded to their loss with deep anger.
Some fans reacted by burning a Neymar shirt, per The Independent's Jack de Menezes—even though the forward was absent from the semi-final with a spinal injury.
Inside the stadium on the night of the defeat, striker Fred was booed by his own fans after being substituted in the second half.
Sky Sports' South American correspondent Paulo Freitas reports Alves giving a mixed reaction to Tuesday's humbling, admitting his team must evolve but also papering over some cracks of the result:
Coming into their home tournament, Brazil were seen as favourites to go on and triumph in their own backyard, but their German demolition exposed deep flaws.
Most noticeable, perhaps, is a lack of depth in star talent among the most celebrated World Cup team of all time, with the absences of Neymar and more importantly Thiago Silva having too great an impact.
It's an often demeaning aspect of football and sport as a whole that one result can cloud one's judgement of a team, and it wasn't so long ago that this Brazil side was being lauded and praised following a convincing Confederations Cup triumph.
Alves, therefore, is somewhat justified in his assessment of things being far from over for the South American giants, but there is no doubt the easy-on-the-eye style of Brazilian football was rarely displayed in their own tournament.
Alves played no part in the semi-final, with Maicon instead preferred as a more defensive right-back presence, so the Barcelona man can only shoulder so much of the blame for the loss.
However, at 31 years of age and with his Barcelona future reported by Sky Sports to be in some state of doubt, it's uncertain that he, or manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, will be a part of the Selecao's recovery.
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