Neymar Jr. has claimed that his FC Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi already has done enough to win the Balon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and himself. The Brazilian, along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck up a stunning partnership as the South American trio fired FC Barcelona to a second treble in six years becoming the most prolific attacking trident in Spanish football history. Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo faded away towards the second half of the season. Yet, Ronaldo did manage to win the Pichichi award for the top goalscorer in the La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the last two Balon d’Or awards and is coming off the back of a season in which he netted a personal-best 61 goals. Despite that, Neymar believes Lionel Messi deserves the Balon d’Or for his 58 goals and numerous assists paving the way for FC Barcelona treble. Neymar said: “This year, the award for the best player in the world already has an owner,” he […]

German midfielder Toni Kroos feels it was unfair that Messi was second in the Balon d’Or vote, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, ahead of Manuel Neuer. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Balon d’Or best player of the year with Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer finishing second and third respectively. Ronaldo, who helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and Copa Del Rey last year, win the award earning 37.66% of the votes. While Lionel Messi earned 15.76% of the votes narrowly beating Manuel Neuer, who received 15.72% votes, to the second spot. While not many were surprised with Ronaldo winning the coveted award, Messi finishing ahead of Neuer did raise some concerns. Also voicing his concern was Neuer’s German teammate and Ronaldo’s compatriot at Real Madrid, Toni Kroos. Kroos said: “It’s surprising and a little unfair that Neuer finished behind Messi “I thought it would be a close call between Manuel and Cristiano. “Neuer was the best goalkeeper by a long way […]