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Soccer Star Dani Alves Eats Banana That Was Thrown At Him As a Racist Taunt

Apr 28, 2014

When a fan threw a banana at Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves, who plays for FC Barcelona, he responded by calmly picking it up, peeling it, and taking a bite. Then he seamlessly resumed play and took his corner kick. His team went on to beat Villarreal 3-2.

"I don't know who threw the banana but I want to thank him," Alves told the Daily Mail. "It gave me the energy to put two more crosses in for our goal."

Alves also commented on Twitter:

This translates to: "My father always told me: son, eat bananas to avoid cramping lol how did they figure this out?"

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