Neymar selects Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to win Ballon d'Or

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Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar has voted for his teammate Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon D'Or award.

The Argentinean has made the final three-man shortlist along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer, and will be hoping to fend off the competition to win the award for an unprecedented fifth time. 

And he will have the support of his teammate Neymar, who put him above Ronaldo as his number one choice and also voted for Javier Mascherano as his third best player of the year. 

Having being named captain of his country after firing them to the semi-finals of the World Cup in the summer, Neymar was illegible to vote for the first time in his career. 

The competition is often marred by tactical voting, but despite putting his good friend as his number one choice he put Ronaldo in second to also boost the Portuguese's own hopes of triumphing. 


Mascherano was his third option after the Argentinean had enjoyed a stunning summer in Brazil and helped the Catalan giants come so close to retaining their La Liga title. 

Despite languishing in the shadow of Ronaldo for the majority of the year, Messi has hit top form once again this season and raced to 21 goals for the season already.

Messi magic

He somewhat ludicrously won the award for Player of the Tournament at the World Cup, but still scored four times and helped captain his side to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Joachim Lowe's Germany. 

The 27-year-old also broke Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goalscoring record with a hat-trick over Sevilla last month, before then proceeding to overtake former Real Madrid striker Raul's goal tally for the most Champions League goals of all time. 

A fifth Ballon D'Or would top off a record-breaking year, but his focus will most likely be on helping the Catalan giants to silverware after a trophyless 2014.

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