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Neymar’s failure to claim a Ballon d’Or throughout his career has surprised Ander Herrera, but the Paris Saint-Germain star has backed his team-mate to still claim football’s highest individual honour down the line.

The Brazil international is widely considered one of the game’s modern greats, but has never laid his hands upon the most prestigious player-specific prize in the sport, having lost out on multiple occasions to former Barcelona and now PSG team-mate Lionel Messi and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Herrera admits that he finds it strange the forward has not snatched up the accolade yet – but in an interview touching on his team-mates at Parc des Princes, believes the Selecao forward still has the opportunity to join the illustrious list of victors.

The Spaniard told AS when addressing his relationship and respect for Neymar, who has seen a move away from Parc des Princes speculated on again during the current transfer window:

I am very friendly with him. He is a great team-mate and as a footballer he is in the world’s top five.

I thought that he would already have a Ballon d’Or, but I don’t rule it out yet. It is a joy to be with him.

By Amara

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