Dani Alves: Neymar was 'touched by God' at birth

The Brazil right back says his compatriot was born to be a star and has no doubt he will go from strength to strength for club and country.
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has claimed that club and international teammate Neymar has been blessed with his talent by God.

The 21-year-old offered a glimpse of his potential as he starred for Brazil in its successful Confederations Cup campaign during the summer but is yet to scale similar heights with the Blaugrana; however, Alves has backed the youngster to shine for the Catalans in the near future due to a belief that his compatriot has God-given ability.

"I think Neymar is one of the few players who was touched by God when he was born and he said 'You will be thee player,'" Alves told Eurosport. "He is a great player in a great team, and the entire football world is watching him and soon they will see more of what he can do."

Alves also believes that the Selecao will host next summer's World Cup as tournament favorite on the back of their impressive Confederations Cup display.

"I think many people will be betting on Brazil winning the World Cup now, but three or four months ago they wouldn't have done that," Alves said. "That is the real importance of winning the Confederations Cup for us."