Rather than events on the football field, the social media post that has caught the attention most in France this week came from Dani Alves.
The Brazil star might have been left out of the starting XI of Paris Saint-Germain’s forgettable 0-0 draw with Montpellier on Saturday, but he still managed to hit the headlines domestically when he took to Instagram to make an appeal for a lost dog.
“I lost my beautiful doggie around Malmaison Forest (Paris)… her name is Mari… please let me know if you find her. She is my life,” the former Barcelona and Juventus full-back posted.
Many publications instantly jumped to the conclusion that Alves had lost his dog, but they missed the fact he had advertised that he was posting on behalf of Brazilian model Joana Sanz.
Thankfully, the story had a happy ending as Mari was returned to her owner, who posted a video of herself reunited with her pet, albeit three days later.
I can't believe that my beautiful mouse is here with me 😭thank you so much @emmaben77 for your help in France, I had never met someone like you at work... you are super nice and incredible person 🙌🏼 muchas gracias @sulidominguez por contactar con todas las paginas de animales perdidos en Francia.... nunca me habría esperado una ayuda tan perseverante de una persona que casi no veo, te quedas grabada en mi 💘 and thanks a lot to all people worried for me😘 #mariathome #blessed
“When you despise his strength, is when a warrior differs from the rest, no matter how old he is, no matter where you are, no matter who you are, never stop being what brought you here ... never stop fighting, never stop respecting what you do, never stop fighting for what you want, but above all, never abdicate your values, they will keep you competitive and winning until you decide to put an end to your story and inspire other little dreamers like you ... ... when this is not enough, try to overcome yourself every day and every year. WHAT A YEAR,” he posted.
Um guerreiro quando menosprezam sua força é quando se difere do resto, não importa quantos anos tenha, não importa onde você estiver, não importa com quem estiver, nunca deixe de ser o que te trouxe até aqui... nunca deixe de lutar, nunca deixe de respeitar o que faz, nunca deixe de brigar pelo o que quer mas sobre tudo, jamais abdique do seus valores, eles te manterão competidor e ganhador até que você decida colocar final nessa grande história e inspirar outros pequenos sonhadores como você...... enquanto isso não chega, tente superar-se cada dia e cada ano. "QUE ANO VIVIDO" #Deusnocomandosempre🤙🏾 #likebenjaminbutton😜 #goodcrazryhardhard💥💣
“Congratulations to my capitain @thiagosilva_33, who, besides being one of the greatest defenders I have seen, is my friend ... I celebrate not only your day but your friendship, brother. I wish you all the best in your life !! I love you,” the world’s most expensive player said.
Meanwhile, in what was otherwise a quiet week for him, he name dropped another famous sporting friend, this time Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
The centre-back, though, is perhaps most famous for his role in the 2006 World Cup final, when he provoked the great Zinedine Zidane to breaking point and caused the France star to aim a headbutt at him. “It’s always great to see you, brother,” the striker commented.
Before the game, Mario urged his team to “focus”, and while they struggled to do that, they did eventually get over the line.
He had to be content with posting videos from his summer holidays, including this unusual conversation with a camel.