Neymar: 'Ballon d'Or is not something I'm going to die for!'
One of the world's best players, Neymar became a benchmark in Barcelona and the Brazilian national team.
With votes to be considered the best in the world, Neymar came 3rd in 2015, and 5th in 2016. And it's natural for the striker to think about winning the Ballon d'Or at some point in his career, even with the stiff competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, for example. However, at the age of 24, the player does not seem to care about the prize money. In an interview with the official website of La Liga, he admitted having a a dream to win Ballon d'Or, but said "it's not something he'd die for."
Neymar said: "I'm very happy here in Barcelona, with the family and the team, with the life I have. Of course it's a motivation for me to win the Ballon d'Or, but it's not something I'm going to die for. I want to be happy, and here I'm very happy. If you don't win the Ballon d'Or, that's fine. I don't play football for this, I play to be happy because I like football. Winning the Ballon d'Or is a result of work. By chance, only one can win. Messi is the best and we respect him. For me, it is a great honor to be his mate and share the dressing room, goals and everything on the pitch."
Neymar is enjoying his holidays, but the Brazilian already thinks about Barcelona's next La Liga game, which takes place on January 8. The Catalans are three points behind leaders Real Madrid, who also have a game in hand. Still, Neymar believes it is possible to catch their rivals. He added: "There's still a long way to go [in the title race]. We are just focused on our matches. We can't be worried about Real Madrid. Last year we were 11 points ahead of second, but we only won the league in the last game of the season. It's a tough competition and every game is difficult."