The former Santos striker has silenced his critics in recent weeks by lighting up the Confederations Cup from which he emerged with the Golden Ball after scoring four goals en route to helping his side win the competition. Alves believes the 21-year-old can forge an explosive partnership with Messi, the four-time reigning Ballon d'Or winner, and says both have the requisite amount of humility to succeed.
"They will be the bomb next season," Alves told reporters. "That is why I insisted Neymar join us so much, because I'm sure he will be a very special player.
"They will have a very positive connection. Neymar is happy to play with Messi. There will no problems because there is humility with both of them."