Barcelona forward Neymar says he is delighted to have made the podium for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or “alongside two great players that I admire.”
The Brazilian earned the right to contest Lionel Messi and holder Cristiano Ronaldo for the title of World Player of the Year after a season which saw him score 39 goals and help La Blaugrana to a historic second treble, before being elevated to the role of club talisman in the No 10’s absence between September and November as the side ended 2015 with five trophies.
“I’m very happy to be a part of this and be alongside these two great players that I admire,” he said at the Press talk ahead of Monday’s gala in Zurich.
“I hope to be back, I hope that my team goes on winning and that I may be back another time.
“I’m happy with the results that I have, the goals, I have to thank my team-mates for that, Lionel and the others.
“I think that we all set our own goals, we have our own history.
“Those two are still making history and it is on everybody’s merit to be here and we all take credit for who we are.”