Neymar is rooting for his teammate, Lionel Messi. He says the 2015 Ballon d’Or has already been reserved for Messi.
Messi is the favorite to win the most coveted individual award, that is currently being held by Ronaldo, after leading Barcelona to the treble and Argentina to the Copa America final.
However, Neymar hopes he makes the final shortlist of three nominees for the award in January of next year.
“Leo is the favourite. This year, the Ballon d’Or is reserved for Messi, the best player in the world has already been named. For everything he’s done, Leo deserves it,” Neymar told Mundo Deportivo.
“I hope to grow playing alongside Messi. He’s the best and an idol for me. And if I learn a lot then maybe one day I can win.
“Of course I want to be in the top three, that would be great for me.”
With Messi currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury, Neymar insists he is ready to handle the pressure of becoming Barca’s focal point in attack.
“Since I was young, I’ve always assumed responsibilities, for Santos, for the national team,” he said.
“But here it’s different, we know our responsibility, what we have to do on the pitch, and I’m going to do everything to help my team-mates.
“The challenge doesn’t scare me even though I know it’s difficult.
“Leo’s fine. It’s a delicate injury but he looks good and looks to be very happy with his recovery.”