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Friday November 9 2012
Alves: Why Messi is better

Dani Alves has talked Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Barcelona's lack of height in a wide ranging Press conference.

The Blaugrana fullback appeared in a suave leather jacket to discuss a variety of topics with journalists, beginning with his team's lack of aerial strength, a frailty notably exposed by Celtic in midweek.

“We seek to improve the plan, not to find a Plan B,” said the Brazilian international. “We had a tall player a year and half ago but he did not fit,” a probable reference to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With the deadline for Ballon d'Or votes approaching Alves was inevitably asked about the eternal rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo.

“What puts Ronaldo below Messi is not behaviour. It's Messi's ability to play football. Leo has a gift and it's not a thing you can work on. That is what sets them apart.”

The 29-year-old has only recently returned to fitness and has had to win his place back from young Martin Montoya.

“I'm happy with my performance so far. I want to be at my best physically, and then the rest will come. I've been out more than I would have wanted. The Coach decides who plays and we respect his decisions. I'm a very hard working player and you can't blame me for that.”

Finally Alves gave his impressions of Neymar, an international teammate and Barca target.

“I have not contacted Neymar about it, but who wouldn't want to play for Barcelona? He would have no problem adapting here, he is a very humble guy who accepts help and seeks it if things aren't going well. And that says a lot for someone who wants to improve as a player and as a person.”
 

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