Dani Alves hailed Neymar as “a monster” with limitless potential after Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday.
The Brazilian scored a brace and set up a further two as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi also got on the goal trail in another impressive display, leaving his countryman to commend his “brutal” development.
“We go home very happy and it’s another game without conceding,” he said after the game.
“[On Lionel Messi], the objective is to keep everyone [connected to Barca] happy and they’re happy when [the ‘MSN’] scores.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves. It doesn’t matter who scores or assists, if we do everything right, we’ll be happy at the end of it.
“We know that you’re so good when you’re winning or you’re so bad when you’re losing in this industry.
“We’ll balance things out at the end of the season, but we won’t let the praise weaken us.
“I’m happy with the contribution and work I did. Overall, we’re doing a great job. It’s about doing the right things collectively.
“We still have things to improve on, but whenever we see a fault, we try to correct it. The perfect team don’t exist.
“[On the standing ovation he received], I don’t look too much into it.
“The applause is a recognition [of my performance], but it doesn’t tell me much.
“Neymar’s development has been brutal. He’ll become whatever he wants to be because his potential allows it. He’s a monster.
“I don’t care about who the top scorer in the League will be. I’m only interested in reaching the objectives [Barca] set at the beginning of the season.”