Another case of players’ resentment to outcome of awards results played out mildly in Zurich on Monday night as Brazilian, Neymar expressed his disappointment with his third place finish in the Ballon d’Or results.
However, unlike Yaya Toure who threw caution to the wind to rip into the organisers of the CAF Awards, Neymar was far more professional as he mostly harped on doing for in this season to merit a better placement in the 2016 edition.
“In all honesty yes, I’d hoped to come second”, said Neymar who finished third behind the winner, his teammate Lionel Messi, and Real Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
“But I’m over it now. It’s another season and it’s time to do things well all over again”, the Brazilian star who won five out of six possible trophies with his club in 2015.
“Now I have to work a little bit more to be amongst the three finalists again”, added Neymar, who at least will see consolation in being the first Brazilian to make the final three since Kaká won the award eight years ago.
As released by the organisers, Messi secured a total 41.33% of the votes from the captains, national coaches and reporters from FIFA’s member states. Cristiano Ronaldo was second with 27.76%, whilst Neymar came a distant third with 7.86% on the votes.