Thursday 23 February 2017

Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in for Ballon d'Or

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Neymar: 'I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d'Or'
Neymar: 'I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d'Or'

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or award.

The three were chosen from a longer list of 23 names and the winner will be revealed on January 11.

At 23, Neymar is the youngest of the finalists.

The Brazil forward netted twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in the Premiera Division on Saturday, and afterwards spoke of his pride at being included among the contenders.

"I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d'Or. I've always just played with the idea of continually getting better, to always surpass my goals, to always be better, play better, train better," he said.

Elsewhere, Phil Neville will be assistant to caretaker coach Salvador Gonzalez 'Voro' at Valencia after the resignation of the head coach 'Nuno' Espirito Santo following Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Sevilla.

Neville joined the staff at the Mestalla during the summer but Valencia, who qualified for the Champions League last season, are ninth in La Liga.

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