Neymar becomes the next to break into a two-horse race between Messi and Ronaldo for the title of greatest personal world football.
FIFA announced last three names in the shortlist for the 2015 Golden Ball Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo won the Golden Ball for the last two years, but the opportunity for the Portuguese superstar has the third consecutive time is very slim. Two competitors with Messi and Neymar Ronaldo has undergone successful college seasons with Barca.
In the 2014-2015 season, Messi and Neymar helped Barcelona win the treble consisting of La Liga greatness, Copa del Rey and Champions League. Meanwhile Ronaldo and Real did not win the trophy at the end of the season.
In the seven most recent years, Messi and Ronaldo took turns dominating Golden Ball. Messi crowned four times and three times the remainder from Ronaldo.
This period witnessed Xavi (3 times), Iniesta (2 times), Torres, Ribery and Neuer is present in the final list but not the players who helped topple the dominance of Messi and Ronaldo.