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Alves: Neymar’s form is frightening

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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) celebrates with Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar (right) after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad de Futbol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (left) celebrates with Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar (right) after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad de Futbol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP

DANI Alves has hailed Neymar’s evolution as “startling” as the Brazil forward took his total goals for the season to 14 in La Liga after a brace in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Real Sociedad.

In the absence of Lionel Messi due to injury, Neymar has built a strong on-field relationship with fellow South American striker Luis Suarez.

Alves has watched his team-mate’s development first-hand at international and domestic level, with the full-back stating his admiration for the 23-year-old.

“His evolution has been startling,” he told reporters. “He’ll turn into the player he wants to be because he’s got all of the ingredients to do it.

“He’s an amazing player, and if he fits in well with the other great players in the team then everything will work out well for us”.



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