The Barcelona stopper believes Brazil regained the belief of the fans during June's success, while revealing his delight at making the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlistDani Alves has stressed the importance of June’s Confederations Cup victory, insisting it proved the turning point for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil.
The Selecao arrived back on home soil for the competition last year low on confidence following the disappointments of a quarter-final exit at 2011 Copa America and final defeat at the 2012 Olympic Games.
But since seeing off reigning world champions Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final, the Barcelona man insists everything has changed.
“We took a leap of quality at the Confederations Cup,” Dani Alves told Goal.
“Many people were very doubtful about our team and didn’t believe in Brazil, but after the Confederations Cup that belief came back and the people now believe in these players.
"And that leads to other things, such as these nominations, but you have to win as well – with your club and with your national team.”
Felipao's side has conceded just 6 goals in their last 13 games and Dani Alves is one of five Brazilian defenders shortlisted for the FIFPro World XI – an accolade he believes is made all the more prestigious because it is decided exclusively by his fellow pros.
“It’s something special,” said the 30-year-old.
“The importance of being chosen by other players is the fact that you have been selected by people who know what they are talking about – people who know how difficult football is, how hard it is to compete and to win in a world where everyone plays and plays so well.
Neymar is another Brazilian representative in the FIFPro World XI shortlist and Alves is heartened by his compatriot’s adaptation at Camp Nou since joining Barcelona from Santos last summer.
“He seems happy to me,” said Alves.
“I spoke to him and told him to come to Barca, with the aim of being happy, enjoying something new, a wonderful experience at a great club. And on top of that, I told him to do what he does best. I think he is achieving that.”
Neymar and Dani Alves are joined on the FIFPro World XI shortlist by Dante, David Luiz, Marcelo and Thiago Silva.
The final FIFA FIFPro World XI will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Zurich on January 13.