Neymar finished third, behind Real Madrid Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi in the race of Ballon d’Or and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seemed to have addressed the reason why the Brazilian forward has not been able to claim the prestigious award. Perez has added fuel to the transfer rumours surrounding Neymar’s move to the reigning European champions by claiming that he would easily win the Ballon d’Or if he decides to play for Real. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been bagging the rights of being called the best footballer of the year for the past 10 years with 5 Ballon d’Or titles each.
Answering Neymar’s woes, the Real Madrid chief said, “Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d’Or. Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so, everyone knows I wanted to sign him.” Neymar has had a sensational start to life in Paris with 15 goals in 18 appearances for PSG since his record-breaking £198million move to the French capital. PSG were undefeated so far in the season before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against a low key Strasbourg side in the Ligue 1.
However, the former Barcelona man has been a true driving force behind his team’s surge to the top across competitions and has perfectly donned the role of being the main man of Unai Emery’s formidable outfit. Perez had played his cards before Neymar’s move to Barcelona from his childhood club Santos, but the move didn’t capitalise. The stalwart enjoyed 4 phenomenal years with Barcelona winning the Champions League and the La Liga before departing for Paris. He had formed a dynamic trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the helm of club’s attack which was sufficient for scaring the best of defence lines across Europe.
Months after his mouth watering move to PSG, reports of his spat with Edinson Cavani over a penalty surfaced on the internet, the differences were later sorted out by the club’s administration. What followed the rumours were few reports claiming that Neymar’s father is already in talks with Real Madrid over a potential future move signalling that Neymar’s stay in Paris is not going to be a long one. With Perez’s recent comments, things only get clearer on what can become yet another stunner in the football transfer world. The 25-year-old’s not so comfortable relationship with Unai Emery, only adds to the rumours of a Real Madrid transfer in coming years. If a move has to materialise, Real Madrid will have to empty their pockets to convert it.
On the other hand, looking at the Ballon d’Or nominations in the past few years, the top pool has been largely dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona stars, with Neymar being the lone man from PSG in the top 10 list. Real Madrid’s pedigree will certainly be an undeniable one for Neymar if the Brazilian sees himself as a potential winner of the elite award.