It is well known that Neymar has great designs on winning the Ballon d’Or.
It was one of the motivations for leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for £198m this summer, according to many reports.
However, Don Balon report that Neymar has accepted that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will pick up this year’s award.
It is a pretty reasonable assumption considering Ronaldo propelled Real Madrid to a league and Champions League double, and Messi dragged a bog average Argentina side through to the World Cup.
Therefore, the 25-year-old has decided he will try to win the World Cup in an attempt to win the 2018 award, claim Don Balon.
1. It is hardly ingenious – it is relatively logical that if a superstar player wins the most prestigious competition in world football that he will win the Ballon d’Or too. This is less of a plan and more common sense.
2. The article also implies that Neymar is aiming to win the World Cup so he can win the Ballon d’Or. Erm, that is nonsense – he just wants to win the World Cup.