Neymar can win the Ballon d'Or by 2016, says agent

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Since 2008, world footballing stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have politely shared football's biggest individual honour, the Ballon d'Or with unnerving regularity.

That being said it seems a third party will be gate-crashing the pair's exclusive bash in the coming seasons - that's according to his agent anyway.


Neymar arrived at Barcelona two years ago and has seen his performances get better and better with every passing game.

The forward's agent believes that it won’t be long until the 23-year-old gets his hands on the top prize and be named the worlds best player: "Neymar has matured and grown as an athlete since his move Europe," the agent told Goal.

"This year Neymar will feature among the three best players in the world. The award will then come naturally after that, perhaps this year or in 2016."

tough task

Neymar will have his work cut-out to topple the pair, since they started competing for the prize together in Spain, Messi and Ronaldo have scored a combined total of 645 goals.

Neymar started his career in South America, playing for Brazilian side Santos, before his big-money move to Barca in 2013.

The forward averages 0.5 goals a game for the Catalan giants and clearly has the potential to go all the way and win the award.

Brazil have dominated the World Player of the Year awards over the years and if Neymar were to pick up the award he would join the likes of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Romario in the footballing hall of fame.

Football fans, do you think Neymar is good enough to pick up the Ballon d'Or soon? Let us know in the comments box below.

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