Ballon d’Or 2015: Messi and Neymar want Suarez on shortlist
Lionel Messi and Neymar think that their Barcelona team-mate, Luis Suarez, deserved to be with them on the Ballon d’Or shortlist in place of Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi is the bookmakers’ likely choice to reclaim the title after Ronaldo had won the prestigious world footballer of the year award in both 2013 and 2014.
In an official announcement on Monday afternoon, Fifa named the trio as the final shortlisted three for this year’s award, which will be disclosed at the Ballon d’Or 2015 Gala on 11 January.
Both Messi and Neymar were up on the stage at last night’s La Liga awards ceremony as FC Barcelona picked up five of the victorious nine trophies up for grabs, and they were prompt to stress that the third member of Barcelona’s famous ‘MSN’ triumvirate should have joined the others on the Ballon d’Or 2015 shortlist – meaning that no place should have been held for three-time winner Ronaldo in spite of the Portuguese scoring more goals than them this calendar year.
“I’d have liked to be on [the] Ballon d’Or podium with Neymar and Luis,” said Messi, after picking up the awards for La Liga’s best player and also the best forward of the year.
“Luis deserved it, but Cristiano also did well. We’ll have a good time.”
Neymar, who took the honour for the best American player in La Liga, further added: “Being nominated for Ballon d’Or means a lot.
“Suarez should have been there too, but Messi is favourite, he’s the number one for me.”
Ronaldo has a difficult task to stop the Barcelona duo from conquering him in the race to win the Ballon d’Or 2015, with Real missing out on the silverware last season and also making a rather poor start to this campaign in comparison to their Spanish arch rivals.