Neymar lands Confederations Cup Golden Ball (1)

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Neymar was named the best player at the Confederations Cup after helping Brazil win their third consecutive tournament title following Sunday's emphatic 3-0 victory over reigning world and European champions Spain at the Maracana Stadium.

The 21-year-old striker beat new Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta to the Golden Ball award, with fellow Brazilian Paulinho finishing in third place in a vote cast by the world media.

Neymar played an instrumental role in Brazil's run to the final, scoring four goals against Japan, Mexico, Italy, and Spain in the showpiece match last night.

There were wild celebrations in the aftermath of the victory, but Neymar offered a word of caution as attention now turns to the 2014 World Cup next year, urging the country's supporters not to get carried away by their latest demolition of Spain.

"Lets keep calm, let's keep our feet on the ground," he said as Brazil emerged as serious contenders to win the World Cup on home soil. "We did very well and we are on the right track.

"We needed this time to train, we get to know each other and to work together and we are much better than we were. We won the title and that was a great end to a great tournament."

Neymar was beaten to the Golden Boot award with team-mate Fred and Fernando Torres  finishing as joint top-scorers with five goals each, though it was the Spain striker who claimed the award on the basis of his assist-per-game ratio.

Brazil's Julio Cesar collected the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the Confederations Cup, while Spain took the FIFA Fair Play Trophy.

Click through the tabs - above or below - to see all of the individual awards won during the Confederations Cup, and leave a comment if you disagree with the chosen players!



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