Neymar left Barca because he wants to win the Ballon d’Or. – Mathieu

A former Barca player Jeremy Mathieu has claimed that Neymar left Barca to stop playing second fiddle to Messi.

The Brazilian  star moved to PSG for a world-record €222 million fee in August and has enjoyed a spectacular start to his time in Ligue 1, registering five goals and five assists in six appearances in all competitions.

According to Mathieu he left so that he can overtake Messi and fight for the Ballon d’Or.

Neymar said he left Barca to seek a new challenge after four hugely successful years at Camp Nou, while his father and agent admitted he was eager to join a club where he would become the undisputed star.

Mathieu feels Messi remains the better player, though, and is on the side of his old team-mate when it comes to the debate between him and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I don’t know Cristiano as a person, but they’re two different types of player, both have their own style,” said the Sporting CP full-back. “I know Leo and how good a player he is.”


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