Dani Alves named in Brazil’s World Cup 2022 squad to ‘babysit Neymar’ during Qatar tournament, claims shock report

    DANI ALVES was only included in Brazil’s World Cup squad to babysit Neymar, according to reports.

    The right-back, 39, was a surprise inclusion given he is approaching the end of his career.

    Dani Alves was reportedly called up to the squad to babysit Neymar

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    Dani Alves was reportedly called up to the squad to babysit NeymarCredit: Reuters
    The right-back sparked controversy with a reckless tackle on Pedro in training

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    The right-back sparked controversy with a reckless tackle on Pedro in trainingCredit: Getty

    He could not cut it at the top level at Barcelona last season and was subsequently released by the Catalan club before joining Mexican side UNAM.

    But Alves is going to the World Cup and he will stay play a valuable role in the squad.

    According to Diario Sport, Alves will act as a kind of babysitter for Neymar.

    The pair have a strong bond that dates back to Neymar’s first inclusion in the national team set-up.

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    Alves played when Neymar made his Brazil debut and he played an important role in persuading the superstar to make the move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

    And their close relationship means Alves is one of only two players in the squad who is able to assert authority and discipline over the forward.

    Brazil captain Thiago Silva also has that privilege while PSG skipper Marquinhos also has some influence over Neymar.

    Alves’ inclusion has proved a little controversial with former player Ronaldo wishing younger players had been given an opportunity.

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    Also, training photos have emerged showing Alves committing a reckless tackle with his studs up on striker Pedro.

    But if he keeps Neymar in check and motivated to perform, his inclusion could prove to be an inspired decision.

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