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Alves: Why Neymar Had To Step Out Of Messi's Shadow

Dani Alves: Why Neymar Had To Step Out Of Lionel Messi's Shadow

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jan 30, 2018 09:03 PM @KurtLaduma

Paris Saint-Germain fullback Dani Alves has revealed why he believes the world’s most expensive player in history Neymar had to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow at FC Barcelona.

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Many speculated that Neymar switched to PSG at the start of the season to take on the role of being the club’s star player, something the 25-year-old denied at the time of his move.

However, Dani Alves believes his countryman has done exactly that by joining the French giants, insisting it was key for Neymar to step out of Messi’s shadow.

“I think he’s up there with (Lionel) Messi as the most influential player in world football,” he told

“The thing is, he had to come out of his shadow a little. Playing with someone as unique as Leo is the most incredible thing that can happen to you, but there’s always that doubt in your mind if it’s you that really has the quality or if it’s him.

“I always loved playing with him, but he’s Argentinian and Ney and I are Brazilians. Sooner or later we had to come up against each other (laughs).

“I think you’ve got a better chance of achieving things individually when you’re not so close to a player like him.

“It was important for Ney’s own development and for Brazil for him to follow his own path.”

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Neymar has been sensational since arrival in France, scoring 26 goals and assisting a further 16 strikes in 24 games.

Do you agree with Alves’ sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below.


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P_Kwazo Jan 31, 2018 11:08 AM
@JOMMAK Cule, long time. Please get in touch with me on Twitter. My username here is my Twitter handle.
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Faysal Jan 31, 2018 10:12 AM
There he is now let us see if he can be as good as ge used to be under the GOAT
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jan 31, 2018 08:32 AM
Loool i think this is true
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dellah Jan 31, 2018 07:34 AM
Neymar must join Real Madrid he"s a gud player @club level nd his national team as well
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mccrobert Jan 31, 2018 06:32 AM
neymar must discipline himself first,its very important,secondly he must b a team player,that's what messi is,so neymar is too boss even to his coach,taking all penalties,bcoz he wants to win ballon d'or,if he doesn't change his actions,he will b number 3 to messi n ronaldo
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Neymar will be forever small and will foever come third behind King Leo and Penaldo until they retires
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Evergreenmessi Jan 30, 2018 10:20 PM
Money and ballon o'dour
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Sucker Punch The Legend Jan 30, 2018 10:16 PM
Out of Messi’s shadow to Cavani's shadow. He will forever in the shadows. ...
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JOMMAK Jan 30, 2018 10:16 PM
What the m0r0ns fail to comprehend is that Neymar will never step out of Messi's shadow no matter where he goes to play...Messi is the GOAT, and every player under the sun will naturally fall under his shadow until he retires. What is so difficult to understand about that dear dunderheads?
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Sgoloza@Bucs Jan 30, 2018 10:09 PM
This Alves guy is misleading us.Ney went to PSG bcz of Money,the 1 thing which Barca Chief refused to give him.if its true wat ths madala say,why Ney was mad abt Barca board?
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Golden Boots Jan 30, 2018 09:41 PM
He's a disgrace to Brazilians before him, a true coward. Brazilian players were masters of the game not this nonsense, hopefully Coutinho will restore that dignity.

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