Neymar has Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe backing to win FIFA Ballon d'Or

Uruguay international Edinson Cavani has revealed that he has put his differences aside with teammate Neymar, and is looking forward to helping the Brazilian win the Ballon d'Or title.


The pair were involved in an on-field spat over a penalty and free-kick which led to speculation that Cavani could leave Parc des Princes in January.

However, the two have since patched up with Cavani hoping to help Neymar secure football's most prestigious individual honour, he told Ovacion: "I spoke with him and told him what I thought, but they're things that stay in the dressing room. I'm not going to tell you what we said to each other. 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."

Kane Compares Himself with Ronaldo and Messi, Says Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate has sensationally revealed that striker Harry Kane is already comparing himself with the regular FIFA Ballon d’Or award winners like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Both these players are regarded as the best in the world right now, and their supremacy has not been challenged for the last decade. However, there are signs of both players slowing down and other players rising up to the challenge. One of the names causing a lot of flutter in the scenario happens to be Harry Kane, who has been scoring a lot of goals.

WILL NEYMAR WIN THE BALLON D’OR?

There have been many reasons for why Brazilian star Neymar would move to France. Some have pointed out how he was at the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and how he needed his own space to shine.


Some others claimed the deal was all about money for the player, his family, more for being the World Cup ambassador and PSG getting the benefits on the pitch. Some other preferred the idea that Neymar badly wanted to win the Ballon d’Or – which might take him three more years to win when the Messi-Ronaldo war ends.

Can Neymar win the Ballon d’Or at PSG?

Not many would have believed at the start of the summer transfer window that Neymar would leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain but the world’s most expensive (and shocking) transfer has taken place. The Brazil international forward has decided to give up on playing with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, and Gerard Pique to don the colours of PSG.

For many, this is a step down. After all, Barcelona have a far better squad than PSG and are also one of the top favourites to win the Champions League. Moreover, La Liga is a much better, more competitive, and richer domestic league than Ligue 1. Did money play a major role in the transfer? Probably. After all, it would have been hard for Barcelona to turn down a transfer fee of £200 million and, for Neymar, a weekly salary of £537,000 after tax.

Cristiano Ronaldo names his rivals for Ballon d'Or title

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has taken time to name his Ballon d'Or rivals this year although he is a strong favourite to clinch the accolade.


The Portugal has won the honour on four previous occasions, and he is the favourite to clinch another title following his La Liga and Champions League double with Los Blancos. Ronaldo looked to be off the pace during the initial stages of the previous campaign but he still finished with 42 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid, who became the first team to win two consecutive Champions League crowns.

WHO CAN BEAT RONALDO OR MESSI TO THE BALLON D’OR?

You have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last winner of the Ballon d’Or who wasn’t either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Since Kaka’s victory that year the two superstars have dominated the award with the Real Madrid man winning three out of the last four.

Gerard Pique gives a surprise pick for the Ballon d'Or title

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has surprisingly picked an arch-rival to bag the Ballon d'Or title for the 2016/17 season.


The Spain international has been critical of the refereeing decisions towards Real Madrid over the past year, and this had created a rift between him and compatriot Sergio Ramos, who was sent off in the El Clasico at the Bernabeu last season.

THE PARADOX OF A CRAPPY PLAYER IN A PREMUIM TEAM

On a night Jose Antonio Pizzi led Chile to their third consecutive trophy final, hashtags of Portugal and that of the South American country was always going to trend on Twitter.


And of course that of Ronaldo because, well, he is four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo – the Galatico who somehow happens to have more twitter followers than Real Madrid itself.

PSG SIGN SON OF FORMER BALLON D’OR WINNER

Ligue 1 giant Paris St Germain have completed the deal for the son of former Ballon d’Or winner Geroge Weah, giving the first pro deal to Timothy Weah - now a United States youth star, committed to the Parc des Princes until 2020.

Weah won the 1995 Ballon d’Or while playing for PSG, AC Milan and Monaco. The former Liberia international was quite known for his skills and exploits during his time. His son, Tim was born in New York and has decided to follow his path.

Cristiano Ronaldo on course to lift fifth Ballon d’Or title

Portugal international is on course to be named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner for the fifth time in his career after guiding Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double.


The Portugal international had his doubters at the start of the season despite his national triumph at Euro 2016. Ronaldo started the season late owing to an injury sustained in the final at Paris, but he managed to integrate quickly once he returned to full fitness.

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