Neymar will follow Lionel Messi in defining an era of soccer, says Dani Alves

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Neymar will follow Lionel Messi in defining an era of soccer, says Dani Alves

Barcelona prepares to compete in Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup 2015 in December and Brazilian defender Dani Alves says Neymar can be as good as he wants to be.

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 30, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BRAZILIAN DEFENDER, DANI ALVES, ON HIS FEELINGS OF HAVING NEYMAR PLAYING FOR BARCA, SAYING:

“Ney has the limit he wants, if he doesn’t want a limit then he won’t have one because his characteristics and his qualities are favourable for this. In the end he’s one of those players, like Leo, like Luis, who are pointed out as unique, who will mark a decade, or an era, in football, like other big names, and for this reason, what he wants to achieve he will achieve. And if it’s with us, even better, because if he’s in our team that’s a sign that we will achieve things and compete a lot, and we will have the opportunity to achieve things. So I think it’s a pleasure to have my younger brother in football and if we can win things together, all the merrier.”

STORY: Barcelona forward Neymar can be as good as he wants to be and will follow Lionel Messi in defining an era in soccer, his Barca and Brazil team mate Dani Alves predicted on Monday (November 30).

Neymar has reached new heights at Barca this season, his third with the Spanish and European champions, and was named on Monday along with Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-player shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

Barcelona were training for their fifth trophy success in 2015 before travelling to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup.

Following winning the Champions League, La Liga, the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, Luis Enrique’s side will be hoping to win the Club World Cup for a record third time, following victories in 2009 and 2011.

Neymar, 23, is the top scorer in La Liga this term with 12 goals in 11 appearances, with two more in five Champions League outings, and was particularly impressive during Messi’s recent two-month absence with a knee injury.

The pair form a formidable attacking trident with South American compatriot Luis Suarez and they set a Spanish record of 122 goals in all competitions in 2014-15 as Barca romped to a treble of Champions League, La Liga and King’s Cup titles.

“Ney has the limit he wants,” Alves, 32, who refers to Neymar as his “younger brother”, said in an interview with Reuters Television.

“If he doesn’t want a limit then he won’t have one because his characteristics and his qualities are favourable for this,” added the fullback.

“In the end he’s one of those players, like Leo, like Luis, who are singled out as unique, who will mark a decade, or an era, in football, like other big names.

“For this reason, what he wants to achieve he will achieve. And if it’s with us, so much the better, because if he’s in our team that’s a sign that we will achieve things and compete a lot and we will have the opportunity to achieve things.”

Alves was speaking to Reuters as part of a Barca media day looking ahead to the Club World Cup in Japan starting in two weeks.

Barca won the competition, which features the six continental champions, under former coach Pep Guardiola in 2009 and 2011 having lost out to Brazilian side Internacional in 2006 in their first appearance.

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