Dani Alves: I want to face Messi in the World Cup final

The 31-year-old is eager to face his Barcelona colleague in the final but insists that a place in the showpiece will not suffice for the hosts
Brazil wing-back Dani Alves is dreaming of facing Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Argentina in this summer's World Cup final.

The Selecao host the tournament this summer and are looking to claim their sixth title and the former Sevilla man is hoping they can face their arch-rivals and his club colleague.

"The dream for me is a Brazil - Argentina final," he told reporters.

"I've talked to Messi and it would not only be a dream for us but for them too. But my dream is not just to reach the final, but to win it too."

Alves is delighted to have linked up with his Brazil team-mates in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad and is getting to work on winning the title.

"Meeting up with these guys is a privilege, a great honour and as we spend time together, we create a bond of friendship which hopefully makes the difference.

"The return of confidence to the national team is important and, with our eagerness to start the tournament, I'm sure we won't fail."