BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 02: Neymar of FC Barcelona looks on during the warm up prior to the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo : David Ramos/Getty Images)
Neymar was one of the top candidates to win the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award for best male player of the year but seeing the excellent year that teammate Ronald Messi had, there was no question that the Argentine forward deserved every bit of the award.
Though it seems that Neymar had no opposition in losing to Messi, he does, however, wonder why he ended up third behind Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in voting.
"In all honesty, yes, I'd hoped to come second. But I'm over it now. It's another season and it's time to do things well all over again. Now I have to work a little bit more to be among the three finalists again," says Neymar via the Bleacher Report.
One point that could be up on that is the fact that Barca did manage a five-trophy haul while Real Madrid didn’t really bag anything as a team. Individually, however, there was no question that Ronaldo did have a stellar year.
Though Neymar hardly seems to show ill feelings at Ronaldo for that sequence, there is someone who seems sure that both could end up playing alongside each other in the future.
Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos says he foresees Neymar possibly playing for Real Madrid in the future. This can only make sense if Neymar is talked into it and given a pretty tempting deal and opportunity.
"I can bring him to Real Madrid. He's so young and talented that I am sure that he will have even better results in next year's Ballon D'Or," says Roberto Carlos via Managing Madrid.
Carlos, who reportedly has a good relationship with Neymar, could possibly have a point in making all that happen. He must, however, hook up with Real Madrid officially to stick his nose into possible negotiations involving the 23-year-old forward/winger.
That could possibly be in the cards with the reshuffling currently going on.
Rafa Benitez was recently fired and the one appointed to take his place is France legend Zinedine Zidane. Carlos and Zidane have been in touch, and per ESPN FC, both have discussed a possible coaching role with the team.
"I had a meeting with Real Madrid about my future with the club," said the 42-year-old. "Soon we will know how to collaborate with Zidane's Madrid."
If Carlos does come on board, the plot will thicken. Combining Carlos' possible stint as a coach for Real Madrid and his close ties with Neymar, that plan of luring the promising forward could bear fruit soon.