Neymar is praised by Marcelo and Dani Alves after Ballon d’Or
It is a case of when, more than if, Neymar takes out the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy, according to his compatriot Marcelo.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo said that he wanted his team-mate and friend Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or, but he believes it is just a matter of considerable time before Neymar achieves the award.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was awarded the record fifth Ballon d’Or on Monday, substantially finishing ahead of Ronaldo and Neymar and appearing as the best player in the world for the year 2015.
Ronaldo was the defender of the award after winning back-to-back in 2013 and 2014 – with Messi magically having won four in a row between the years 2009 and 2012.
Marcelo, who plays along with Neymar in the Brazil national team, remarked it is just a case of when the now 23-year-old Neymar wins the award.
“I think Messi and Cristiano are in a level above the other players and now Neymar proved he’s in their level, it’s a matter of time for him to win his own Ballon d’Or,” he expressed..
Dani Alves feels too Neymar deserved better than his third place in the race for the Ballon d’Or award and should have finished comfortably ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, behind winner Lionel Messi.
The Brazil international got only 7.86 per cent of the votes competing against Cristiano Ronaldo’s 27.76 per cent – and with Messi huge 41.33 per cent – but Alves nonetheless admitted his compatriot deserved second place yesterday on the podium.
“Neymar has gone through an incredible evolution and he’s a better player every day,” Alves told reporters later.
However, Alves believes Neymar will have to be patient before getting a proper shot at the prestigious award due to Messi’s absolute dominance.
“Messi is going to keep winning the award for as long as he wants,” he added.
On Messi, there was even more praise. Questioned what he will be telling his grandchildren about the Argentine, he joked that “he will have to say that he played with me, because I am older than him!”