Neymar’s Ballon d’Or victory on Monday marked the first time a Brazilian has won the award since Kaka in 2007. The Barcelona forward who led Brazil to the World Cup semifinals was awarded with the prestigious prize, which recognizes the best player in world soccer. The French magazine France Football has been giving out the award since 1956.
“It is a boy’s dream,” Neymar said after receiving his trophy from Pelé, who also presented him with a second trophy as best player of 2014 in South American football. “I thank my family and friends and my teammates.”
The 22-year-old Brazilian was one of three finalists for the Ballon d’Or. He beat out Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi, both of whom have each won four times.
It was a long time coming, but Neymar made history last night by becoming the first Brazilian player to win the Ballon d’Or. In a year that saw him move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, score his 100th goal for Brazil and become one of the most expensive players in the world, it would have been unfortunate had he not won.
The 25-year-old beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to first place – with PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé coming fourth – and there was no bigger cheerleader for Neymar than Pelé, who said:
“I am very happy for Neymar, because he deserves it. He has played well for his club and country. It is a wonderful thing for him.”
It was also a big night for women’s football as Ada Hegerberg became the first recipient of the inaugural Ballon d’Or Féminin. The 23-year-old Norwegian striker said: “It’s incredible to win this award – it’s huge for women’s football.”
In a historic moment, Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar was awarded the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player on December 7th in Paris. Winning the most prestigious individual award in football is not only a personal victory for the 26-year-old, but also a historic win for Brazil.
With this award, Neymar becomes the first Brazilian to win the Ballon d’Or since its inauguration in 1956. He is also only the third Latin American player to win the award after Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez and Argentinian legend Lionel Messi. The award marks a new era for Brazilian football, as it has long lacked any sort of recognition from FIFA or other international organizations.
The 2016–17 season was a breakout year for Neymar who, at the age of 24, won both the Ligue 1 title and Champions League with PSG. Although he left Barcelona for PSG for 222 million euros (the highest transfer fee ever paid by a European club), it is his performance with the national team that put him in position to win this award. In 2018, Neymar was named captain of Brazil and led his team to victory in the Copa América with a 2–0 win
Neymar’s Ballon d’Or win on Monday was the first for a Brazilian since Kaka in 2007. The Brazilian federation, CBF, has congratulated Neymar on his achievement.
The CBF wrote on its website: “Brazilian football is proud of the recognition that one of its biggest stars has received today with the awarding of the Ballon d’Or. Neymar is a genius who brings joy to all lovers of football and Brazilians around the world.
“He is an example of perseverance, dedication, humility and talent. His play is poetry in motion and because of this, he deserves such an important award.”
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona in La Liga and the Brazilian national team, as a forward or winger. Neymar came into prominence at an early age at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos’ first since 1963. Neymar was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, after finishing as top scorer in the latter continent’s 2011 club competition with ten goals.
Neymar received his first Ballon d’Or nomination in 2011 and came third place in the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015. He followed this up by winning it in 2015 after scoring 41 goals in 56 games for club and country. Ballon d’Or is awarded to the best player of the year according to FIFA. In 2010, Neymar won both the Puskás Award for Goal of the Year and Goal of the Season awards at Santos for his bicycle kick goal against Flamengo on 8 March 2010. In 2012 Ney
On January 10, 2011, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was awarded with the “Bola de Ouro” (Ballon d’Or). He is now the first Brazilian to win this award.
The Ballon d’Or (Ball of Gold in French) is a prize given to the best player in the world. This award has been given out since 1956 and it is voted on by journalists from around the world. There are two other awards that are similar to this one: the FIFA Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year. Since 2010, they were united into one prize called FIFA Ballon d’Or.
In 2010, Messi and Xavi won this award; Messi was named “Best Player in the World” while Xavi was named “Best Midfielder in the World.” This year, Messi was second followed by Andres Iniesta.
Neymar’s performance in the U-20 World Cup, where he scored four goals, led to his selection for the Brazilian senior team. He made his debut against the United States on August 10, 2010 and has since won over 50 caps for his country.
In 2011 Neymar won the Campeonato Paulista with Santos and was voted the best player of the competition. In 2012, he led Santos to their first Copa Libertadores title since 1963.
Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013 and as part of a front three alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez helped them win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. In 2015 he also helped Barça win the Copa del Rey, and then in 2016 they won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey once again.
This year Paris Saint-Germain bought Neymar for $263 million, making him the most expensive transfer in history.
Neymar’s performance at this summer’s World Cup was outstanding, scoring two goals and providing two assists as Brazil reached the quarter finals before losing to Belgium 2-1.