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The former Selecao captain has hailed the in-form Barca right-back as the player most suitable to become his permanent successor in the near future.

Despite his past performances for Sevilla and his current dazzling displays with Barcelona, Dani Alves has yet to claim sole ownership of the right-back position with the Brazilian national team.

Inter’s Maicon has so far been Selecao coach Dunga’s first choice, but the Blaugrana dynamite has found support from one of Brazil’s iconic figures, Cafu, who made the right wing-back role his own during his playing days.

“At the moment, Maicon is the regular starter with the national team but Dani has more skill and the position will be his one day. He just has to be a little patient for now,” he said during an interview with Catalan radio station RAC-1.

“Without a doubt, he is my natural heir in the Selecao because we have very similar playing styles. And I’m proud that a compatriot is doing so well at a club like Barcelona.”

Speaking of the Catalan juggernauts, the 38-year-old and two-time World Cup winner also praised Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola.

He said, “If Barca are the best team in the world right now, it is because Guardiola knows how to combine young players with outrageous talents with the more experienced players.

“Pep was a great player himself and now he will become a great coach.”

Finally, Cafu touched briefly on three of the game’s current superstars: “I don’t know what happened to Ronaldinho at Barca, but I hope he returns to his best in Italy.

“For me, the two best players in the word at the moment are [Lionel] Messi and [Alexandre] Pato. They are phenomenons.”

KS Leong,