Dani Alves: Neymar touched by God
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has heaped praise on his teammate Neymar and suggested that beating Spain at the Confederations Cup has boosted confidence within the Seleção.
Neymar, who arrived at the Camp Nou this summer in a €57m deal from Santos, is seen as his country’s talisman going into next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
His compatriot Alves has now praised the 21-year-old, who scored in both Seleção wins over Australia and Portugal, reports Football Espana.
Alves told Eurosport: “I believe that he is one of the few players that was touched by God when he was born and who said ‘You will be THE player’.
“He is in a great team and the football world will be focused on him. The world will start to know him better and see what he can do.”
The 30-year-old also believes that Brazil are starting to be taken more seriously as potential champions, having won the Confederations Cup, defeating Spain 3-0 in the final this June.
He added: “I feel that many people would now bet on Brazil winning, but three or four months ago they would not have done.
“That is the real importance of the Confederations Cup for us.
“It is a dream to play these tournaments [like the World Cup] in front of your fans, your family and the people who really appreciate you…priceless!
“The victory over Spain this summer helped us to prove that we can be candidates to win the World Cup.
“Many people had forgotten Brazil but we have five World Cups and that is something to always consider.”