In the early 2010s, the Barcelona team was one of the scariest teams in football history. They had players like Xavi, Puyol, David Villa, and Iniesta, and how can we forget the best trio in football history, MSN? Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar Junior were just unstoppable, and teams would find it way more difficult to keep the game on clean sheets.
Especially Lionel Messi, who just scored goals for fun and almost scored in every possible game. Not just goals, but he won several trophies and the Ballon d’Or for four consecutive years. Everything was going well, but in 2017, Neymar left Barcelona, and the reason was, that he didn’t want to be under the shadow of someone and dominate football.
Well, before he was going to join PSG, his well-wisher said something, to which he should have listened.
Messi and Suarez said,
“Ney, if you want to win everything, stay here with us (Barcelona). Or, go to England, it’s better, to Manchester City, because football is better there.”
Recently in an interview, Suarez mentioned,
“If Neymar would’ve stayed at Barcelona, he would’ve won a Ballon d’Or for sure.”
To be honest, a player like Neymar should have won the Ballon d’Or once in his football career. Sadly, he couldn’t clinch the glorious award once and was close on three different occasions (2014, 2015, and 2017).
Fans around the world debate that he was the real winner of the 2014 Ballon d’Or but ended up third in the rankings. Well, he still has a couple of years to play and can win the trophy. Can he? Does he have the potential to do the impossible as he is a part of a Saudi club? Only time will let us know.
- Full name: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
- Date of birth: February 5, 1992
- Age: 31 years old
- Nationality: Brazilian
- Height: 1.75 m (5 feet 9 inches)
- Position: Forward and attacking midfielder
- Current team: Al Hilal and the Brazil national football team
- Jersey No. 10