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Alves: Mbappe must understand that Messi and Neymar are bigger than him

PARIS: Brazil defender Dani Alves said France forward Kylian Mbappé still didn’t realize his Paris Saint-Germain teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar were bigger than him and urged the 23-year-old to exploit at the make the most of your time with them. Alves played at Paris Saint-Germain with his compatriot Neymar and then newcomer Mbappé between 2017 and 2019, and also played alongside Messi at Barcelona during 8 title-filled years. Last September, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier eased the rift between Mbappé and Neymar after the Frenchman appeared to anger the Brazilian by shooting the ball instead of passing it during a Champions League match. Galtier said last month that PSG had changed their system to test how this attacking trio of Messi, Mbappé and Neymar could work in more effective way. “Mbappé is a phenomenon who hasn’t yet figured out who plays with him in attack is more phenomenon than him. “Neymar and Messi are unique, they do things that no one else can see or do. A great player should know and understand who he plays with, teammates who enhance your skills.” Alves, who now plays for Pumas, said Mbappé should benefit from playing with Messi and Neymar. “You have to be intelligent – said the right-back -. They are geniuses. If Mbappé gives them the ball, he will score 150 goals.” Alves is participating with Brazil in the World Cup in Qatar, where the team aims to win its sixth title, extending its own record. (Reuters)


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