Lionel Messi explains why Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or.

Lionel Messi explains why Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or

Published Add your comment

Lionel Messi secured a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or award last week, beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and his Barcelona teammate Neymar to the coveted individual accolade.

The Argentina international turns 29 in June and still has plenty of time to add at least two or potentially even three Ballon d’Or awards to his collection.

But there’s one player that Messi expects to win club football’s top individual award before too long - and that’s Neymar.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

Messi, according to Barcelona’s official website, has described Neymar as a “future winner of the Ballon d’Or” thanks to his “skill, his pace and his dribbling.”

The Brazilian only managed to secure 7.86 per cent of the total votes for the 2015 Ballon d’Or, despite scoring 39 goals and winning all three major trophies last season, but Messi is confident his close friend will receive significantly more votes over the coming years.

Article continues below

Neymar has proved his doubters wrong

Many people questioned whether Neymar would be able to handle playing second-fiddle to Messi at the Camp Nou, and whether he could adjust to the style of football played by the Catalan giants, following his big-money move from Santos in 2013 but the 23-year-old has adjusted with consummate ease.

From day one, Neymar has shown a willingness to learn and improve, while he makes no secret of the fact Messi is his footballing idol.

Neymar may have surpassed Ronaldo

Some believe Neymar has now surpassed Ronaldo as the planet’s second-best player - and if world football’s international coaches, captains and journalists feel the same then expect Neymar to win the Ballon d’Or in the not-too-distant future.

Could Neymar even beat Lionel Messi to next year’s Ballon d’Or award? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

La Liga
Lionel Messi
UEFA Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again