Brazil stalwart Dani Alves has blasted Paris Saint-Germain and further criticised his teammates over not taking world-record signing Neymar to the next level of his career.
Alves, 35, has lashed out against the hierarchy of the Ligue 1 champions and the playing squad in an interview with RMC Radio on Thursday – claiming the club should heed his advice due to his extensive experience and success at the highest level.
he Brazil right-back, who’s won 38 major titles over his illustrious career has become frustrated by their lack of progress in Europe’s elite club competition after they were dumped out for a third consecutive season before the quarter-final stage.
“I don’t want to big myself up, but I know how to win and I know how to lose. When I say something, it should be followed. And not because I know more than the rest, no, but because I have already gone through it,” he said.
“Perhaps you should listen to someone who has already gone through this and base yourself in their experience. I have already won everything and I am talking about what I have experienced and learned.”
Alves then defended compatriot Neymar, who left FC Barcelona to lead a sporting project in France, with the intention of winning the Ballon d’Or as a personal objective.
“He is surrounded by other players who don’t understand him,” Alves explained.
“He is someone that you need to have on the field all of the time because he gives you what you don’t have.
“You give him the ball and he already knows what to do. Neymar is a footballer that makes people come to the stadium.
“When I pay for a ticket, I pay to see a show and people want to see a show.
“If Messi lost a ball, we would run like crazy to win it back for him and then things would happen.”
PSG currently lead Ligue 1 by 20 points and can secure the title with seven games to spare if they avoid defeat against LOSC Lille on Sunday.
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