Neymar: Messi will pip Cristiano Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or

Goal :    Santos star Neymar believes that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo following his extraordinary performances this year.

The Barcelona forward has netted 84 goals at club and international level throughout the year, and the 20-year-old feels the Argentina international deserves recognition for his superb displays.

“The winner will be Messi because he has had an extraordinary season,” he was quoted as saying by Globoesporte. “Ronaldo has had a great season too and so it will be close and exciting, but Messi should be the winner.”