The elusive Ballon d’Or award won’t be in the possession of Neymar anytime soon.
That’s according to Roberto Carlos.
In the summer, Neymar left Barcelona escaping the shadow of Lionel Messi. He completed a world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, and enjoyed a scintillating start to life in France, banging in goals for fun.
He’s hoping to break the Ronaldo-Messi Ballon d’Or monopoly.
But while the Real Madrid and Barcelona megastars are around, Neymar can forget about holding aloft the prestigious prize.
“To be the best in the world he had to leave Barca because there is Messi. Even if he must be aware that, as long as Messi and Ronaldo are in form, he will have to settle for third place.
Well said, Roberto.
On the contrary, ‘R9’ believes Neymar is inching closer.
“I think that, each time, he’s closer and closer to winning this individual prize. Even if the criteria are variable and depend a lot on team performance.
“I’m sure he’s close to it; 2018 is an important year. There is the World Cup in Russia where a lot of things can be decided,” Ronaldo added.
Ronaldo and Messi will continue to go head-to-head for the Ballon d’Or.
Despite Real Madrid enduring a terrible La Liga campaign, the Portuguese international has still bagged 22 league goals and a further 12 in the Champions League.