Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes signing Neymar would help ease the pressure off Lionel Messi.

Neymar has long been linked with a move from Santos to the Nou Camp and Alves has backed the move.

Messi, a four-time World Player of the Year, is regarded as the focal point of Barca's attack and Alves has backed Neymar to form a devastating partnership with La Liga's leading goalscorer.

He told Barcelona daily sports paper, El Mundo Deportivo: "In some games they have marked Messi a lot and Neymar would help unbalance defences more. They are two good players and play in different positions. They would understand each other."

Messi has struggled with injury towards the latter stages of the season as Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League semi-finals following a disappointing 7-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

The Argentina missed the second-leg of that tie and Barcelona looked a different team without their talismanic front man and Alves is confident Messi would benefit from Neymar's presence, should he join the Catalan giants.

"It doesn't bother Neymar to be the protagonist or not, although his way of playing will always attract attention. Neymar would be a relief, he would help Leo a lot," added Alves.

Though there have been questions over how 21-year-old Neymar would fit alongside Messi, Alves has no concerns of the two working well together.

"Two phenomenons are better than one," he concluded.

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