Neymar pleased with podium place

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar says being acknowledged alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is enough reward after finishing third for the FIFA Men’s Player award.

The Brazil international left Barcelona in the off-season with rumours circulating that he was tired of playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi and would not be able to challenge for individual accolades playing alongside the Argentine.

However, upon Ronaldo’s second consecutive triumph over Messi, Neymar replaced France international Antoine Griezmann in the third-place honour for the 2017 edition.

“Congratulations to Cristiano. He deserves it and he has merit to win it,” he told reporters in London. “He is making history and that has to be respected. Both he and Messi are two figures in world football.

“I am happy to be in the same group as them, fighting for the trophy.”

The 25-year-old world record transfer holder has impressed in Paris, scoring ten goals and registering eight assists in 11 games across all competitions.