Neymar Gets Cavani Backing For Ballon d’Or
Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe are both hoping Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Neymar, will win the Ballon d’Or with the French club.
PSG trio Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe were all named among the 30 contenders for the 2017 Ballon d’Or on Monday.
Cavani and Neymar had a well-publicized spat over who would take a free kick and penalty in the recent game against Lyon, though the Uruguay international says any differences have now been ironed out and that he is hopeful the exBarcelona man can get his hands-on football’s most prestigious individual honour.
“I spoke with him and told him what I thought, but they’re things that stay in the dressing room,” he told Ovacion. “I’m not going to tell you what we said to each other.
“The only thing I want is that all those who join the team do so with the intention of fighting for the team’s goals. Individual honours will come because the team does well, that means everyone is working well.
“And if we have the best in the world, that’s great for me. I have said several times I want him to have the Ballon d’Or because if that happens it means he’ll have scored lots of goals and he’ll have helped us win things. And what I want is to win things, that’s what interests me.”
Neymar came third in the 2015 poll for the Ballon d’Or and was fifth last year, while he moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer to step out of the shadow of former teammate and five time winner, Lionel Messi.
Neymar has started brightly in the French capital, providing six goals and five assists in just six Ligue 1 appearances for his new club, and has helped them to a 100 percent opening in the Champions League.
As well as Cavani’s support in his quest for this year’s Ballon d’Or, Neymar has also received the backing from fellow PSG teammate Mbappe.
Mbappe, 18, who is the youngest player to have ever been nominated for the prize, says he is there to “help” Neymar win it, while he is confident the forward will lead PSG to Champions League success.