Dani Alves, a seasoned defender for Brazil, praised Argentina captain Lionel Messi for his outstanding performance in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar thus far.
Alves, who was Messi’s former teammate at Barcelona, put an end to rumors that Brazil and Argentina may face each other in the World Cup semifinals.
Brazil and Argentina, who defeated South Korea and Australia, respectively, have advanced to the round of eight at the World Cup in Qatar.
Argentina will face the Netherlands in the round of 8, while Brazil will face Croatia.
If both South American heavyweights defeat the two European teams in the quarterfinal round, a tantalizing matchup between Brazil and Argentina will be in store.
“Messi is currently from Argentina. He is the center of everything. As cited by Mundo Albiceleste, Alves added, “Everything passes via his feet.
“I think he’s at a really special time. In this tournament, he is without a doubt one of the players to consider.
The right-back for former PSG and Juventus said, “We are not here to pick an opponent. Regardless of who is chosen, we will need to give it everything we’ve got to be ready to fight for the goal. We are in the quarterfinals, therefore we are unable to envision a semifinal.
“We must pay attention to this game out of respect for Croatia and our opponents. Croatia is deserving of our full attention since they have so many talented players.