Neymar is given a babysitting role by Dani Alves as Brazil’s World Cup

Neymar is given a babysitting role by Dani Alves as Brazil's World Cup worries surface.

Neymar is given a babysitting role by Dani Alves as Brazil’s World Cup worries surface. According to rumors, Dani Alves was selected for the Brazil World Cup team to play the position of Neymar’s “babysitter.”

The experienced full-back, who is 39 years old, was an unexpected addition to the Selecao’s team for the competition. Alves’ brief second tenure with Barcelona was terminated by the Catalan club in the summer, and he then signed a deal with UNAM for the rest of the year.

The right-back has 124 national team appearances for Brazil and has won two Copa America championships and two Confederations Cups with the side. He has never had World Cup success, and a knee injury kept him out of the competition in 2018.

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Alves won’t start for Tite’s team in Brazil as Juventus full-back Danilo will fill the spot on the right side of the defense. Real Madrid’s Eder Militao can go in for Alves in that position if necessary. Now, Diario Sport is claiming that Alves’ selection was more about his responsibility to watch over Neymar than it was about getting extra playing time.

It is explained how Alves has influenced the forward throughout his career; he was present for Neymar’s debut with the Brazil national team and was crucial in facilitating his transfer from Santos to Barcelona by suggesting the deal to the Catalan club and convincing his international teammate that it was the best move for him.

Alves also joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 just a few weeks before Neymar did as their strong relationship remained. The right-back is one of the few players in a squad who can enforce authority and discipline on the striker, and this is stressed.

Alves’ presence in the Brazilian team may have drawn criticism because of his advanced age and the fact that he no longer competes in one of the most intensely competitive leagues in the world. Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario was one of many who urged manager Tite to choose a younger team with the long term in mind.

Ronaldo stated: “People are whining about the absence of (Flamengo striker) Gabigol, but if I had to bring one, I would have brought (Palmeiras teenage sensation) Endrick to join the group with little chance of acting. I believe he is a young man who has a bright future and who is already conducting himself professionally. It would be a thrilling experience for him and for the team’s future as well.”

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