Neymar could win Ballon d’Or if PSG win the Champions League, says Kaka
In the event that he assumes a key job in helping Paris Saint-Germain to be delegated European heroes, Kaka thinks Neymar would be a possibility to win the Ballon d’Or.
Approached if Brazil had any contender for the Ballon d’Or, Kaka said: “The first is Ney, who is a strong favourite. I believe Neymar is one of the best players today. Whether he wins the award will depend on the team achievement he is part of. Now, let’s look at this Champions League final in Lisbon: Neymar being the protagonist, Paris Saint-Germain the champions. Neymar deservedly wins the award for best player in the world.”
Kaka believes that Neymar will be a solid competitor to win the current year’s Ballon d’Or if he pushes Paris Saint-Germain to win the Champions League one month from now.
Kaka got the Ballon d’Or in 2007 and was the last player except Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to get the honor until Luka Modric took it in 2018. The previous Real Madrid star thinks rousing PSG to their first Champions League trophy would put Neymar in line for comparable acknowledgment.
PSG have not played a serious game since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, however they were proclaimed Ligue 1 heroes when the season was diminished in April. Thomas Tuchel’s group will consequently be new when they head into a re-organized Champions League finale in about a month and a half.
Because of global travel limitations, the last eight of Europe’s chief club rivalry will go to Lisbon for a scaled down competition of single-leg knockout games played across 12 days to choose the title. PSG will participate after Neymar scored in the two legs of their last-16 disposal of Borussia Dortmund before the season was required to be postponed.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaka or Ricardo Kaka, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Owing to his performances as a play maker, Kaka is widely considered one of the best players of his generation. With success at club and international level, he is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.
Meanwhile the Champions League quarter-finals is set to kickoff on 12 August, with four last-16 connections to be settled the week earlier.