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5 reasons why Neymar will never win the Ballon d'Or

ANALYST
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57.94K   //    18 Mar 2018, 15:14 IST

#3 Despite the stats, he's still too selfish

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Neymar clearly tried too much and wasted promising opportunities to find team-mates in better positions

As previously mentioned, it's not just about goals and assists, nor padding the stats sheet. Neymar appears to be the best at doing so, coincidentally. When he's not playing at his best, he always manages to get his name on the scoresheet, whether that be notching a late goal or creating an assist, even when he should have three or four on some occasions.

This is something which is naturally frustrating to watch, as a player of his quality should be producing better numbers given the level of goalscoring opportunities he and his team-mates do create in the final third.

His display against Real Madrid is the epitome of how he's been performing: signs of individual brilliance, which are overshadowed by his flawed decision-making.

During the game, there were plenty of promising positions that Neymar found himself in, where he could have looked up, scanned for options and created a chance by passing the ball towards a team-mate - Mbappé and Cavani were both working tirelessly to make themselves available in-and-around the Real penalty area.

However, he'd rather try and go it alone and find himself swarmed by Real's level of intense pressure on him as he accelerated forward on mazy dribbles into troublesome areas, which not only ruined PSG's counter-attacking speed but made it easier for the hosts to thwart him in his attempts to create chances.

The match statistics speak for themselves: Neymar completed more dribbles of anyone during the whole 90 minutes with a whopping 13, but was fouled on four occasions, had two unsuccessful touches and also dispossessed on FIVE separate attacks.

Although they conceded twice in the second-half, PSG did appear more threatening for a period following Emery's tactical changes, which allowed Mbappé to play in a central role and get more service than he was finding in the first 45. It also meant that Neymar utilised the ball less, passes were quicker and they actually fashioned more opportunities - despite their wasteful manner on the evening.

This is something that has been apparent across the season, not just during this game either. Neymar appears too focused on leading the line on his own when that's not solely his responsibility. If his decision-making had matured and taken more of a selfless route instead, who knows what could've happened during this tie?

Stats' source: WhoScored

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