Dani Alves believes the heavy criticism Neymar faced during and following the World Cup will help the winger mature as a player. 

The Brazilian came under fire for his theatrics and sub-par performances, highlighted by the country's exit at the quarter-final stage. 

Fans, coaches and fellow footballers all took a swing or two at the Paris Saint-Germain star, but teammate Alves believes all this negativity will help Neymar grow. 

"In life, sometimes things happen that make you mature and make you realize that you have to improve as a professional," Alves said, as quoted by ​Goal

"I've talked a lot with Neymar. I think he's gained experience and the little shots he's received during the World Cup will make him even more mature - [a] change of behavior."

"You leave the kid aside and you become a man, and when you start becoming a man, your decisions and attitudes become more weighty. And I told him that if everyone tells you the same thing and not only one or two people, something is wrong."

"We all have flaws, but we must not stay in one's flaws. In life, we must try to evolve, because we are all intelligent."

Neymar was recently picked by manager Tite as Brazil's permanent captain and got himself on the scoresheet in their friendly victories over the United States of America and El Salvador.