3 reasons why Neymar can win the Ballon d'Or in 2019
- Neymar can have a great 2019 and take the coveted trophy home.
#2 A better Copa America performance with Brazil after a disappointing World Cup in Russia:
Brazil had one of their best squads in the World Cup this year and most people had them as favourites going into the tournament. With Neymar leading the way and joined by players such as Coutinho, Casemiro and Marcelo, this was Brazil's best chance of winning the World Cup after 16 years, since they won in 2002.
Neymar was coming off an injury and was trying to race against time to be fit for the World Cup. Though there were flashes of brilliance from him, his diving was something that became popular. Neymar at his prime was expected to lead Brazil to the trophy but instead what became a worldwide phenomenon was the Neymar diving challenge.
Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals and Neymar was once again at the forefront with another disappointing performance. Post the World Cup, Neymar would have definitely learnt the lesson the hard way. Tite has made him the Brazil captain and he has been a solid figure through his performances in the International Friendlies since.
However, the real challenge in the international arena awaits Brazil and Neymar in 2019's Copa America which will be hosted by Brazil. An improved squad with a spark of youth can definitely help Brazil in their search for ultimate glory in the Copa America. Neymar, now as captain, and more experienced with his failures would be hungry to grab this opportunity and not waste it like the World Cup.Published 29 Nov 2018, 23:40 IST