Neymar unfazed by Ballon D’Or snub

Barcelona forward Neymar admits he is motivated to win the Ballon D’Or, but insists he won’t lose any sleep if he fails to claim the famed prize.

The Brazil international cracked the nod for the final three last year, before eventually losing out to teammate Lionel Messi, who claimed the award for a record fifth time.

And, after missing out on the three-man shortlist this time around, Neymar has adopted a diplomatic approach to the awards snub.

"It's obvious that (the Ballon d'Or) is a source of motivation, but I'm not going to die if I don't win it," he told the official La Liga website.

"Above all, I want to be happy and at Barcelona I'm happy," he continued. "If I don't win the Ballon d'Or nothing will change.

"I don't play football for that. I play to be happy. Only one player can win it."

When asked for his thoughts on Barca's title chances, Neymar added: "There is still a long way to go.

"We are just focused on our matches. We can't be worried about Real Madrid. Last year we were 11 points ahead of second but we only won the league in the last match of the season.

"It's a tough competition and every game is difficult."

Barcelona return to action on 5 January, when they lock horns with Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.