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Neymar prioritises Champions League over 'dream' Ballon d'Or

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2.26K   //    10 Nov 2017, 17:27 IST
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Neymar at the 2015 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Neymar insists his "dream" of winning the Ballon d'Or is outweighed by a desire to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a maiden Champions League triumph.

The Brazil star's decision to leave Barcelona in August was reportedly motivated by a desire to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's monopoly on the prestigious individual honour.

Neymar finished third in the voting in 2015, which was won by then team-mate Messi, but was not on the podium last time around.

But with PSG having already breezed through to the Champions League's knockout stages, the 25-year-old's priority is to replicate the success he enjoyed with Barca in 2014-15.

"The Ballon d'Or is a dream. This is obviously an objective for me," Neymar said in an interview with PSG's official club magazine.

"But it's not a trophy that [has to be at the front of my mind]. We must first think in terms of the team and the whole team wants to achieve its Champions League ambition.

"Thank God, I've already won one. I know this sensation and I want to know again this thrill with PSG.

"Only when the collective trophies are won will it be time, then, to think of the individual rewards."

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PSG have looked ominous in Europe so far this season, sealing their progression from Group B with four consecutive victories.

However, Neymar believes the Ligue 1 leaders cannot afford to be satisfied with their accomplishment.

"To win the Champions League is not to think about it only when [a matchday approaches]," he said.

"No, the Champions League is a work of a whole season. It is very, very difficult."

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