Diego Maradona: I love watching Ballon d’Or contender Neymar

Diego Maradona believes that the Ballon d’Or is no longer a “two-horse race”, due to the form of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have enjoyed a duopoly on the prestigious award since 2008, with the attackers having been almost universally recognised as the sport’s two best talents over the last decade.

Neymar ranked in third place in the Ballon d’Or voting late last year, and Maradona has suggested that the Barcelona superstar could become a regular attendee at the gala.
Indeed, the Argentinian icon “loves watching” Neymar, having praised his ability to recover from consistent fouling.

Maradona told Marca: “Ronaldo and Messi are no longer in a two-horse race, there are three running to win.
“I knew that Brazil wasn’t going to stand idly by after Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka, then Neymar emerged and entertains everyone.

"I love watching him play, you can kick him 200 times and he'll still run at the defence again and again."
Neymar has, predictably, suffered more fouls than any other player in La Liga this season - 26 in just five appearances.

The No.11 has also notched four goals across those games, as Barcelona continue on their quest to win a third successive league title.
Over the past week, the versatile forward has been on international duty, playing in a 5-0 win over Bolivia before missing Wednesday's trip to Venezuela through suspension.

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