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5 reasons why Neymar must wait for the Ballon d'Or

Jidonu Mauyon
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289   //    06 Apr 2018, 20:59 IST

Metz v Paris Saint Germain - Ligue 1
Neymar joined PSG in a world record deal worth €222million

It all started when Barcelona officially confirmed the sale of Neymar to PSG for a fee reportedly worth €222million. The football world was shocked as the Parisians paid the humongous release clause in Neymar's contract.

The news went viral and it became a trend on social media for several weeks. No one believed it would happen, but now it is a reality, Neymar is gone and Barcelona will miss him.

It was widely speculated that Neymar left Barca because he was tired of playing under the shadow of Lionel Messi, and wanted to dominate world football and win the Ballon d'Or.

This ambitious move was criticised by some while others justified it. But is the move really going to help Neymar win the award?

The definite answer to the question is 'no'. Neymar's move to PSG will not increase his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or because of the following reasons.

#5 The Messi-Ronaldo reign isn't over yet

Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga
The Messi and Ronaldo duopoly has been a curse on any other Ballon d'Or aspirant

With a concise and sincere view, the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly will end, but not just yet. It is true that they will soon start to decline as a result of aging but the fact is that they still have 2-4 years left at the top.

This will not be affected by Neymar's move to PSG because as long as Messi and Ronaldo are still at their peaks, Neymar cannot match them. We have seen in recent years that Neymar is a fantastic player, but he just does not belong at the same level as the Barcelona and Real Madrid icons. Well, not yet at least.

The duo have proved to be un-matchable, dominating the football world for the past 10 years. No one has reached their level. Their statistics have been quite daunting. They have turned football glory into a two-horse race.


Their goals, records, trophies, and achievements every season is not something that anyone can challenge. They have both scored over 500 goals each in their respective careers.

Therefore, Neymar must wait for his time and improve his game.

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Jidonu Mauyon
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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