Dani Alves hits back at criticism in Brazil
The Brazil defender defended himself and his international teammates with an Instagram post.
He said: "I know a lot of a**holes will make fun. I know a lot of losers in the biggest game in the world, which is the book of life, will rejoice.
"I want to take this hard moment for all of us who chose football as a profession and who were chosen to represent our country in this World Cup.
"I would say that, for me to share with you all this time, was an unmatched pleasure.
"But I would like to say publicly that you are f***ing champions. I am privileged to be part of this group, you are champions, which all these a**holes will never be,” said Alves.
"Today you are not respected here but in the rest of the world I'm sure you are. Bad days like this teach us to appreciate the good days.
"Our fight, and where we reached, nothing can stain this. Football isn't just about one match."