As one of the best football players in the world right now, Neymar has everything it takes to win the biggest individual football award, the Ballon d’Or.
In the face of all that, the Brazilian is yet to win the award obviously because of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or award in the last 10 years even with the emergence of several superstars during that period. The duo’s dominance remained unbreakable.
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Neymar is the latest superstar and has been looked upon as the player who could break this supremacy by Messi and Ronaldo. Probably because of their age, otherwise, Neymar may not have been able to. In other words, this is the right time for the Brazilian to secure the award.
However, other great soccer players have also emerged alongside Neymar and they could overtake the Brazilian and stop his dream of lifting the Ballon d’Or.
Do you want to know who these other great football players are? Below are the three great soccer players who could most likely smash Neymar’s dream of winning the Ballon d’Or.
3. Paulo Dybala: Juventus FC
This guy has been looked up to as the long-term replacement of Lionel Messi.
For Paulo Dybala to be dubbed as the replacement for Lionel Messi, there must be something special about him, don’t you think? Dybala is the future of Argentine football, go ask Argentine FA.
He is at the moment playing for Juventus in the Serie A, and he is regarded as one of their best performers from the past few years and has been included in the Serie A Team of the Season in the last 2 seasons. In the 2017 Ballon d’Or, he finished at 15th place and was also the part of the FIFPro World XI 2nd Team in 2017.
Just like Messi, Paulo Dybala is left-footed and is a natural goal-scorer. He has been capped 12 times for Argentina and will surely feature for Argentina in the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
2. Harry Kane: Tottenham Hotspur
He is regarded as one of the finest strikers in football.
Kane is one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the Premier League and has won the PL Golden Shoe for the last 2 seasons. He was almost at par with Mohamed Salah for this year’s Golden Boot if not for his recent injury.
Harry Kane won the England Player of the Year in 2017 and was also the PFA Player of the Season for the 2016-2017 season. He also emerged the PL Player of the Month for a joint-best 6 times.
Kane is definitely one great player who will be among the top contenders for the Ballon d’Or.
1. Mohamed Salah: Liverpool
Even though he is African, Mohamed Salah is leading the race for European Golden Boot right now.
The Egyptian has been a sensation since his move and has netted 36 goals in all competitions for the club.
Even before playing any game for Liverpool, Salah was attacked by critics when the club initially signed him. But now he has proved all his critics wrong with exceptional performances.
Salah, this season, has scored more goals in the league than even Messi and Ronaldo. He won the Premier League Player of the Month on 3 different occasions this season.
The African has also been compared with Messi that he could compete with him for the Ballon d’Or award. Don’t forget that he also won the African Footballer of the Year award in 2017.
If you think there are other football players who could beat Neymar to the Ballon d’Or let us know in the comment section.