According to comments made by Alves in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport on November 24, “Mbappe is an exceptional player and is playing alongside two greater individuals than Messi and Neymar,”
The great player for the Brazilian national football team believes that Neymar and Messi are more creative than Mbappe when it comes to playing football. He said: “Mbappe needs to be aware of the players he is competing against. He might benefit from the characteristics that Messi and Neymar bring to the table. Both Neymar and Messi are considered to be geniuses. Mbappe has the potential to score 150 goals if he works along with two veterans “.
In the 20 games that PSG has played this season, Mbappe has scored 19 goals and contributed five assists. He has received active backing from both Messi and Neymar, and he currently leads the squad in scoring. The French star received criticism earlier in the season for his attitude, which included the fact that he rarely passed the ball to two teammates when they were on offense. After that, Mbappe set up Messi and Neymar for goals, which they both scored.
According to Alves, he suggested to Mbappe that he get knowledge from his colleagues when he was at PSG. The man, who was 39 years old, said: “Mbappe must employ his intelligence in order to unearth the latent abilities that are within him. The greatest way for you to improve is to compete against more experienced opponents.”
Alves was a member of the Barça team that also included Neymar and Messi and won the treble in the season that spanned 2014-2025. Additionally, he spent a season with PSG playing alongside Mbappe. The 39-year-old man has won a total of 49 prizes, making him the current holder of the record for most trophies.
Despite the fact that Alves has not participated in a game since September due to an injury, Tite has nonetheless called him up for the 2022 World Cup. One of the players from Pumas UNAM was given a spot on the bench for the opening match, which Brazil won 2-0 against Ghana on November 24.
Neymar is the most fouled in the first round of the group stage
Neymar was fouled nine times in the 2-0 win over Serbia on January 24, more than any other player in the previous 15 matches at the 2022 World Cup group stage.
Even if counting the first half alone, Neymar is still the most fouled player in the first round of the group stage, with five times. Meanwhile, 15 other Brazilian players used by coach Tite yesterday were fouled by Serbia only three times.
In three of the nine fouls against Neymar, Iranian referee Alireza Faghani showed yellow cards to Sasa Lukic, Nemanja Gudelj and Strahinja Pavlovic. In the 79th minute, Neymar could not stand after the ball of Nikola Milenkovic and had to make way for Antony.
The photo shows Neymar’s right ankle swelling. The 30-year-old star was said to be very upset when he left the field, bursting into tears after the doctors treated him for a few minutes at the end of the game. He had to ice around his right leg, hobbled into the dressing room and left the field without answering reporters.
Behind Neymar in terms of fouls in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup is Gavi, with five. The 18-year-old midfielder played the entire match Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 in Group E, contributed a goal and won the best player award.
Thirteen players were fouled four times, including Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi, England midfielder Mason Mount, Belgian winger Eden Hazard and Wales forward Gareth Bale. In particular, Hakimi – Neymar’s teammate at PSG – has a thigh injury and is unlikely to play in the second round of Group F against Belgium on November 27.
Before going to Qatar, Neymar was also the most fouled player in Europe’s top leagues. Through 20 PSG matches since the beginning of the season, the 30-year-old striker has been fouled 66 times. Neymar’s compatriot, Vinicius (Real) was fouled the most in La Liga with 49 times in 14 matches. In the Premier League, Gabriel Jesus is second in fouls with 38, and Bruno Guimaraes in third place with 33.
This is Neymar’s third World Cup. In 2014, he broke a bone in his back when he was fouled from behind by Juan Zuniga in the quarter-final win over Colombia 2-1. Therefore, he was absent in the semi-finals – where the host Brazil lost 1-7 Germany. Later, the Brazilian star revealed he could have been paralyzed and had to be in a wheelchair if the point of impact had been about two centimeters higher.
At the 2018 World Cup, Neymar also received an unexpected statistic: the most fouled in the opening leg. In the 1-1 Swiss draw, the Brazilian star was fouled 10 times – the most in a World Cup match since Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times in England’s match with Tunisia in 1998. On Russian soil in 1998. There, Neymar contributed two goals and two assists, but lost in the quarter-finals, losing 1-2 to Belgium. In total, he was fouled 26 times over five games – the most in the tournament.