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Dani Alves claims Lionel Messi was reason Neymar quit Barcelona for PSG

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Neymar quit Barcelona because of Leo Messi says ex Barcelona player Dani Alves. Neymar swapped the La Liga for Ligue 1 in a record breaking deal, making him the most expensive player over the summer.

The playmaker moved to PSG in a deal worth £198million. Dani Alves whole played with Neymar at Barcelona and still his teammate at both PSG and Brazil national team says Neymar moved to escape the shadow of the Argentine ace. ‘I think he’s up there with Messi as the most influential player in world football,’ Alves told Fifa.com.

‘The thing is, he had to come out of his shadow a little. Playing with someone as unique as Leo is the most incredible thing that can happen to you, but there’s always that doubt in your mind if it’s you that really has the quality or if it’s him.’

The right back continued, ‘I always loved playing with him, but he’s Argentinian and Neymar and I are Brazilians. Sooner or later we had to come up against each other. ‘I think you’ve got a better chance of achieving things individually when you’re not so close to a player like him. It was important for Ney’s own development and for Brazil for him to follow his own path.’

Neymar nutures the ambition of winning Ballon d’Or which have been won between Messi and Ronaldo for the last 10 years. However, his chances of winning the award while playing in same team with Messi is minimal.

The Brazilian star has netted 17 goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances since he joined PSG and also 6 goals in the Champions League.

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