Neymar Jr not happy with Vinicius Jr’s Ballon d’Or ranking

The 22-year-old Vinicius was a key member of the Madrid club that captured the Spanish Supercopa, the Champions League, and LaLiga last year.

Neymar criticised the Ballon d’Or rankings because Vinicius Junior, a Brazilian colleague at Real Madrid, came in eighth.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has criticised the Ballon d’Or after finding that Vinicius Jr., a teammate from Brazil, placed eighth at the Paris presentation on Monday. For the first time in his career, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema won the prize, beating off Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich and Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City. Thibaut Courtois, Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, and Erling Haaland completed the top five. Madrid winger Vinicius, Luka Modric, and Erling Haaland rounded out the top 10.


The Madrid team that won the Spanish Supercopa, the Champions League, and LaLiga last season featured Vinicius, a 22-year-old crucial player. Including the lone goal in May’s 1-0 triumph against Liverpool in the Champions League final, he concluded the season with 22 goals in 52 appearances. He has continued to perform well this season. After beating Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday, Madrid is still unbeaten overall. He has seven goals in 14 games.