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Dani Alves doesn’t seem Lionel Messi slowing down

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 08: (L-R) Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Luis Suarez celebrate with their teammate Lionel Messi after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on May 8, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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The Barcelona footballer believes the Argentinean will continue to grow as the world’s best despite his performance in the last Champions League match.

Lionel Messi was criticized for his below-par performance in the UEFA Champions League Semifinal second leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool.

The Spanish La Liga club was trashed 4-0 by the English Premier League, being defeated on aggregate 4-3 and kicked out of the European competition.

“When I see stories about how Barca are now buying players to market them, you can sense that they are changing their philosophy a bit,” Dani Alves was quoted by Goal.

“Barca were about developing players.”

“They didn’t change their style, they signed players for specific positions. Now the feeling is they make too many moves on the market. But I also think that criticism is opportunistic,” he added.

“It’s easy to lecture after elimination. You know Barca still like to take care of the ball and make good passes. It doesn’t matter who comes in or who leaves, that’s their identity.”

“I still think the one untouchable person in football is Leo [Messi] because of what he brings to the game,” he continued.

“Even if things don’t turn out well, Leo’s always fine. But this is a team sport and everyone has his responsibility.”

“Cristiano [Ronaldo], Leo and Neymar get the cover when things go well for their teams, but they also have to be on the cover when things don’t go well,” Dani Alves concluded.