It means he joins club team-mate Thiago Silva with three victories in the poll, which launched with inaugural winner Kaka in 2008. Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho – still touted as a potential Camp Nou replacement for Neymar – won in 2016 and came second overall this time around, with Real Madrid full-back Marcelo coming in third ahead of Paulinho, Casemiro and Gabriel Jesus.
Neymar has won his third Samba d’Or! ?? pic.twitter.com/pjYew9umWL— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 1, 2018
Neymar has scored 17 goals in 20 appearances for PSG since joining from Barca in a world record €222m deal in August. He will receive his trophy at a ceremony in Paris in February.
OFFICIAL: Neymar has won the Samba d'Or for the third time, for being the best Brazilian footballer in Europe. pic.twitter.com/FSgylwrwrL— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 2, 2018