Neymar has struck a rich vein of form in 2020, guiding PSG to a domestic treble and to within one victory of their first UEFA Champions League triumph
Paris Saint-Germains Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria (R) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germains Brazilian forward Neymar (C) and Paris Saint-Germains French forward Kylian Mbappe (L) after scoring his teams second goalduring the UEFA Champions League se
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has backed teammate Neymar to be named world-s best player by FIFA this year.
Neymar has struck a rich vein of form in 2020, guiding PSG to a domestic treble and to within one victory of their first UEFA Champions League triumph.
"It-s very enjoyable to play with a guy like Neymar. He is one of the best in the world," Mbappe told reporters after the French team defeated Leipzig 3-0 in their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.
"If we win the Champions League, he will certainly be in a position to win the award. He is destined to win this type of trophy."
Despite not being on the scoresheet in PSG-s past two matches, Neymar has shone in a playmaker role that has showcased his fine passing skills. His back flick to set up Angel Di Maria-s first-half goal on Tuesday put in him in the top 10 for all-time Champions League assists.
PSG captain and fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva also said Neymar deserved to be recognised as the world-s pre-eminent player.
"Whether we win the final or not, I believe he can win it," Silva said. "We know it-s his goal. He is an excellent player and this year he has done incredible things. He has been motivated since we came back from the pandemic. I think his time will come. He just has to keep working hard like he-s doing."
Neymar has made no secret of his desire to be named the world-s best player. The former Santos and Barcelona star finished third in the FIFA award in 2015 and 2017.
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