Brazilain superstar Dani Alves has said that Neymar can make Lionel Messi a giant again if he returns to Barcelona.
The former club and international colleague of the highly-rated forward admits to having talked his fellow countryman away from a move to Real Madrid
The Brazilian superstar bid farewell to Camp Nou during the summer transfer window of 2017. Paris Saint-Germain put a record-breaking deal in place for the South American forward, with Neymar considered to be stepping away from the shadow that Messi cast in Catalunya.
It did not take long, though, for talk of a possible return to Spain to surface.A retracing of his steps to Barca has been mooted for Neymar, with the Blaugrana eager to welcome a familiar face back onto their books.
They are not the only side to have expressed interest in the talented 28-year-old, with Clasico rivals Real Madrid also long-standing suitors, but Alves feels his fellow countryman should be taking in a second spell alongside Messi and co.
The former Barca and PSG right-back told Radio Catalunya: “The only one I’ve tried to convince is Neymar to go to Barcelona.
“He had a very big offer from Real Madrid, and I told him that if he wanted to be happy he should come to Barcelona. It’s the only time I’ve ever convinced anyone of anything.
“If I were him, I would come back without thinking about it.
“I never think that people make mistakes when they make a decision.
“Everyone knows that Ney can help Barcelona, Messi and the club to become a giant again in La Liga, in Europe. Football is becoming more and more balanced. The team has 11 and with Messi you have 13. The team has 11 and with Neymar you have 13.”
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While talking up a return to Barcelona for Neymar, Alves has no regrets at having missed out on his move back to Camp Nou.
The 37-year-old defender left for Juventus in 2016 and has since spent time with PSG and Sao Paulo, but there was talk of him heading back to Catalunya at one stage.
“Things were being talked about, but nothing ever came of it,” Alves confirmed. “I’m not bitter, but they are.”
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known as Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered as one of the best players in the world.