The arrival of former Barcelona full back Dani Alves at UNAM Pumas has yet to have the desired effect, with the Mexican side winless in nine games since the Brazilian joined.
On a personal level, it is the worst streak of Dani Alves‘ career. He has never gone so long without winning before.
Pumas haven’t won a trophy since 2004 and their fanbase had hoped that Dani Alves would help change their fortunes, but so far the dream has begun more like a nightmare.
Los Universitarios have now lost five games with Alves as a starter, four in the Liga MX, and another against his former club Barcelona in the Joan Gamper trophy.
In his defence, the 39-year-old has played well in some of those games, but it hasn’t been enough to propel the team to victory.
The Brazilian isn’t used to losing, having played for Barcelona, PSG and Juventus, so his Mexican adventures are something new for him.
Despite their poor current spell, finding themselves in second-last place Pumas still have a shot at making the playoffs.
They are just three points behind Juarez who occupy the lowest playoff spot.
The run of poor results has led to much criticism for Dani Alves in the Mexican press, with some journalists opining that he no longer has what it takes to play at this level.
The coming weeks could be key for Pumas‘ season and Alves‘ career.
Pumas’ winless run with Dani Alves
Pumas 1-1 Mazatlan
Pumas 1-1 Monterrey
Barcelona 6-0 Pumas
Pumas 0-3 America
Atletico San Luis 3-2 Pumas
Pumas 1-5 Santos
Pumas 1-1 Tigres
Chivas 3-1 Pumas
Atlas 0-0 Pumas