Neymar: I’m not obsessed with Ballon d’Or

first_imgNeymar Neymar: I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:28 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) edinson cavani neymar - cropped Getty Images Neymar PSG Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Kylian Mbappé The Brazil international claims his concentration is on helping Paris Saint-Germain win trophies rather than picking up individual prizes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d’Or.The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football’s top individual prize.Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Neymar’s form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.”Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d’Or,” he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. “But I don’t have to think about it. I have to think about what’s better for our group, our club.”This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].”I’m very happy to start with a win. Of course, it’s not only about getting goals, but that’s the most important. That’s what we came for. I’m very happy with this game.”Neymar on  @PSG_English #UCL pic.twitter.com/ICOSAemOS4— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 12, 2017Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG’s formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.”They are two great players, ” he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. “We are getting to know each other.”Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We’ll get to know each other more and more.”It’s easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don’t have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we’re still missing a little understanding, but we’ll get better step by step.”last_img

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