Soccer Player Dani Alves Turned Racism into Energy by Eating a Banana Thrown by a Fan

At yesterday's game, the Barcelona defender provided an apt metaphor for dealing with bigotry the smart way.

Photos: Fitness and Health Advisor

Photos: Goal; Fitness and Health Advisor

Despite the efforts of FIFA’s anti-discrimination campaigns, racism continues to rear its head at professional soccer matches, with fans frequently hurling slurs—and sometimes actual objects—at players on the field.

At Sunday’s La Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal, Brazilian star Dani Alves fought back against a bigoted fan in the best way possible, picking up a banana that had been thrown at him and taking a bite.

danialves Soccer Player Dani Alves Turned Racism into Energy by Eating a Banana Thrown by a Fan After the match, he told reporters, “I don’t know who it was, but thanks to whoever threw the banana, the potassium gave me the energy for the two crosses which led to a goal.”

He also posted the following tweet about the incident, which translates roughly as, “My dad always told me a boy who eats bananas avoids cramps, who would have guessed this?”

Well played, Dani. Well played.

[via Business Insider]

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