, BAL­LON D OR?

DANNY PRYER in­sists the Brazil­ian star’s record-bust­ing trans­fer to Paris Saint-Ger­main won’t help him be the world’s best…yet

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Don’t hold your breath, Ney­mar

IF NEY­MAR thinks his move to Paris Saint-Ger­main will give him a bet­ter chance of win­ning the Bal­lon d’Or award any time soon, he can think again. Don’t get the wrong, the Brazil­ian could be a fu­ture win­ner of the prize for the world’s best foot­baller, and that’s the key word: fu­ture. Fu­ture as in when the likes of Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo have hung up their boots – as we know, they have been the two se­rial win­ners over the past nine years and it seems they’ll con­tinue to be. The ex-San­tos – and now exBarcelona – striker could well be the best player in his new team at the Parc des Princes, whereas at the Camp Nou he was made to look some­what or­di­nary across the front­line next to Messi. To be fair, it’s not just Ney­mar we’re talk­ing about. The likes of An­dres Ini­esta, Xavi, Luis Suarez, Ser­gio Aguero, Robert Le­wan­doski and Gareth Bale haven’t had a look in for the Bal­lon d’Or over the years – and these are some of the best play­ers in the world. So if one of the rea­sons for Ney­mar’s move to Paris is a bet­ter chance of win­ning the award, that think­ing is spec­u­la­tive, but ir­ra­tional. Yes, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is get­ting on a bit at 32 and Messi is 30. But Ron­aldo, the cur­rent best player in the world, has trans­formed his game into a num­ber nine type and looks as though he will stay at the top for a num­ber of years to come.

The Real Madrid star is older and ar­guably not as nat­u­ral as Messi, yet with his goals he’s still had a few nods ahead of the Barcelona num­ber 10 over the years.

Ney­mar is 25, with years ahead of him. Will the two world’s best still be pro­duc­ing the same stats as they are to­day by the time the Brazil­ian is 30 in five years’ time?

The fi­nan­cial pack­age in terms of the fee and wages is world record num­bers, but how stag­ger­ing is it in to­day’s world? Does it sur­prise us? Not re­ally. £450 mil­lion al­to­gether - that in­cludes a £198 mil­lion trans­fer fee and £515,000-a-week in wages after tax over five years.

This type of trans­fer was al­ways on the bill, but PSG’s new num­ber 10 could have got dou­ble the wages in China – this isn’t just for the money.

Ney­mar’s move shouldn’t be de­scribed as a big fish in a lit­tle pond move, as PSG’s project is ex­cit­ing – they have proved them­selves as one of the best in the world and, along­side Manch­ester City, are grow­ing into a Euro­pean su­per­power.

The Brazil­ian is pro­duc­ing world class statis­tics – 105 goals in 186 games for Barcelona was stag­ger­ing. If those stats were be­fore the ge­nius of Messi and Ron­aldo, he would al­ready have been top dog.

It’s a new chap­ter in Ney­mar’s ca­reer – and an ex­cit­ing one with PSG. Fresh tro­phies, fresh league, new coun­try – and new de­fences to em­bar­rass.

Yet he doesn’t need to set aside a place for the Bal­lon d’Or in his tro­phy cab­i­net any time soon.

Get stuck in: Ney­mar has a big chal­lenge at Paris Saint-Ger­main

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