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Dani Alves urges PSG to treat misunderstood Neymar like Messi

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Full-back Dani Alves believes Paris Saint-Germain should treat the misunderstood Neymar in the same way Barcelona do with Lionel Messi.

Ever since completing a world-record €222m move to PSG from Barcelona in 2017, Neymar has been haunted by metatarsal injuries in both of his opening campaigns at the French capital.

Nonetheless, the Brazilian forward has impressed over in Paris on the back of managing 48 goals and 27 assists in just 53 games.

He’s also already won Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions.

And Neymar appears to have struck up a solid partnership in the PSG attack with Kylian Mbappe and the club’s record scorer Edinson Cavani.

But rumours linking the 27-year-old with a return to La Liga through either old club Barcelona and Real Madrid refuse to end amid suggestions Neymar remains unsettled over at France.

Although Alves believes his PSG and Brazil team-mate should receive similar treatment to what Messi enjoys at Barcelona.

“Here, everyone has not yet understood Neymar,” Alves told RMC Sport.

“When the ball is at the feet of this kind of player, there is like the scent of truffles.

“What’s going on is like with Messi. Around Messi, there are other players. Here, we did not understand Neymar always gets and needs the ball and he gives you what you don’t have. I give him the ball, and he does what he wants.

“Imagine I’m paying for an entrance to see a show. People need to understand, what do they want to see?

“If Messi loses the ball, we run to get it back and give it back to him [To let him] create things.

“People don’t change, they get better, they take shots, they have to be smart, but they must not change the way they play, otherwise people will fall asleep. PSG has different players.”

After suffering another foot injury in January, Neymar returned to training earlier this month and is expected to make a comeback soon.

The former Barcelona star will be, undoubtedly, anxious to get some valuable play time at PSG under his belt ahead of Brazil’s Copa America campaign this summer.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates with Dani Alves of Paris Saint-Germain after he scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)