Rafinha is targeting a place in the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup and said he will fight Joshua Kimmich to become Philipp Lahm's successor.
Alves told Brazilian TV channel Canais Esporte Interativo there could be no comparison between Lionel Messi and Maradona.
With one year to go until the World Cup kicks off, we asked writers from around the world to summarise the state of qualifying play in their region.
For a while it looked as if Brazil would be South America's only worthy World Cup qualifier, but Argentina and Colombia seem to be finding their form.
Argentina were missing Lionel Messi but still managed to thrash Singapore 6-0 in an international friendly at Singapore National Stadium on Tuesday.
Brazil legend Pele says Argentina forward Paulo Dybala is not the next Diego Maradona.