Dani Alves: Messi cannot be compared to anyone

The wing-back feels the prolific attacker is in a league of his own, and revealed that Tito Vilanova's side are aiming to recapture their Liga and Champions League crowns
Dani Alves has taken the time to praise Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, stating that the Argentina international cannot be compared to anyone.

The No.10, who won the old Ballon d'Or in 2009 and lifted the new Fifa version in 2010 and 2011, is one of the favourites to win this year's edition, and Dani Alves feels the forward is unique.

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"You cannot compare Messi to anybody at the moment," the Brazil international stated at a press conference, before hinting that he would like to see Santos star Neymar join Barca.

"I would like to share a dressing room with both Messi and Neymar."

The right-back then went on discuss the arrival of Tito Vilanova as new head coach at Camp Nou, and is confident that Pep Guardiola's former assistant is the right man for the job.

"I do not think that many things will change under Tito. The team will do its utmost to help him. Tito has clear ideas about what he wants. The only difference to last season is that Pep is no longer around.

"A quick look at my statistics shows that I did not have such a bad season last term. Tito has always said that he counts on me.

"Our goal for the new season is to win both La Liga and the Champions League."

Barcelona open their 2012-13 campaign against Real Sociedad on August 18.