Dani Alves Tweets Barcelona Trophies After Cristiano Ronaldo Newspaper Jibe

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (R) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 21, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRE        (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona defender Dani Alves took to social media just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to aim a veiled dig at the Brazil international, posting a picture of his trophy haul.

The full-back added a number of emojis to accompany the tweet, which could be perceived as a response to a recent interview given by Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was asked about Alves' recent comments on the media, in which he appeared to imply there was a bias toward Real Madrid, and the Portuguese seemed to suggest Alves was using his name to create news, per ESPN FC:

I prefer not to give anyone free publicity. I have never spoken about [Alves] in my interviews. If I want to talk badly about a fellow professional, I will speak with him, not in the media to promote myself. Everyone talks about Cris, then it comes out on the front of the newspaper.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 21:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Dani Alves of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by
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It would not be the first time senior players from Barca and Real have had digs at each other, with Spain internationals Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos extending the bad feeling between the bitter rivals.

Pique tweeted a set of crying and laughing emoji faces after Los Blancos' Copa del Rey game with Cadiz in December, in which the suspended Denis Cheryshev was played:

Ramos took offence to the act from his compatriot, and radio station Onda Cero (h/t Sport) claimed the defender contacted the Barca star for an explanation over the Twitter post. Pique responded: "You know me, I found it funny," according to Sport.

Alves has previously commented about Ronaldo, proclaiming the Portugal superstar is not in the same class as team-mate Lionel Messi.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 25:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Daniel Alves of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 25, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by
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Speaking to ESPN (h/t Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror) in the summer, the fiery Brazilian said:

Messi is much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi influences the game, Cristiano doesn't. He doesn't influence the game beyond scoring goals and being involved in a few actions. Messi is influential—he plays, scores and makes assists. Messi has a divine gift, Cristiano is about work.

Alves also claimed Neymar should have finished ahead of Ronaldo in the recent voting for the Ballon d'Or, as reported by ESPN FC, saying: "It surprised me that [Neymar] did not finish second, but they cry when I say these things and speak my mind."

(From L) Brazil and FC Barcelona forward Neymar, Brazil and FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves, Argentina and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Spain and FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo pose on
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It is no surprise factions from Spain's two biggest teams quarrel when the opportunity presents itself in public.

Alves has always been an outspoken member of the Barca party, and Ronaldo's name will always generate conflict.

The two players will have to wait a few months to settle the score on the pitch in La Liga, with the next Clasico scheduled for April 3.

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