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Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday – in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain – the Brazil star’s name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists.

Neymar loses appeal against 3-game UEFA Champions League ban

UEFA has rejected an appeal by Paris Saint-Germain against Neymar’s three-match Champions League ban in a case that can now go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. UEFA says its appeals panel confirmed the ban on Neymar for “insulting match officials” after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in March. The UEFA ruling means Neymar will miss half of the six Champions League group games next season.

Neymar accuser in first comments: ‘I was the victim of rape’

A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public comments on the case. In an interview with Brazilian station SBT, the woman described herself as an “ordinary person who works, studies; I’m a model and a student of interior design who likes sports, training and dancing,” as well as being “a daughter and mother.” She added: “I was the victim of rape.”

Neymar misses Brazil training session because of knee pains

Neymar sat out Brazil’s training session on Wednesday, a day after he limped off the field with knee pains as the team began its Copa America preparations. Brazil’s soccer confederation said in a statement that the striker would undergo physiotherapy instead of practicing with the rest of the team at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.

Neymar lashes out after PSG’s Champions League loss to Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar has lashed out against a video assistant referee decision that opened the way for Manchester United to eliminate his French club from the Champions League. Neymar used an Instagram post to criticize VAR officials for awarding United a decisive penalty in injury time.

Neymar faces anxious wait to determine extent of foot injury

Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg to cast doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month. The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain.

Neymar leads Brazil past U.S. before sparse crowd

Neymar and Roberto Firmino scored first-half goals, and Brazil overwhelmed the United States 2-0 before a sparse crowd of 32,469 at MetLife Stadium. Firmino scored in the 11th minute off a cross from Douglas Costa, who burst down a flank past 21-year-old left back Antonee Robinson. Neymar converted a penalty kick in the 44th for his 58th goal, third for Brazil behind Pele’s 77 and Ronaldo’ 62. The U.S. has two wins, two losses and three ties under interim coach Dave Sarachan.

Brazil superstar Neymar urged to stop acting, win titles to get FIFA award

Neymar needs Brazil to win the World Cup before he can be voted the world’s best player. That’s according to the world champion who first won FIFA’s top individual award. Lothar Matthaeus, the captain of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning team, said Neymar could help himself by cutting out his theatrical play-acting in games in Russia.

Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico, into World Cup quarterfinals

Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too. What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at this year’s World Cup. And neither is Brazil.

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping

Neymar has limped out of Brazil’s training session at the World Cup because of pain in his right ankle. The Brazilian soccer confederation says the injury is not serious. It says Neymar left as a precaution and would be back in training on Wednesday.

PSG signing Neymar a PR coup for isolated Qatar

Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain has obliterated world soccer’s transfer record in a major coup for the French club – and the tiny energy-rich emirate of Qatar. By signing the Brazilian star for its flagship sporting asset, Qatar is projecting a business-as-usual image to foreign allies and investors after two months locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.

Neymar leaves Barcelona without its heir to Lionel Messi

Barcelona is facing an uncertain future without Lionel Messi’s heir apparent. Neymar flourished alongside Messi for four seasons, and everyone in Barcelona– executives, players, fans– counted on the 25-year-old Brazil striker to eventually become the team’s leader after he signed a contract extension last year through 2021. That plan was blown away on Thursday when Neymar made a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

How soccer’s financial rules impact Neymar’s move to Paris

Rules aimed at preventing unfettered spending by European soccer clubs will not disrupt Neymar’s world-record transfer from Spain’s Barcelona to France’s Paris-Saint Germain in the coming days. Any consequences would come further down the line for Paris Saint-Germain from UEFA, the governing body overseeing the European game which has the power to ban teams from the prestigious Champions League tournament.

Neymar signs 5-year deal with PSG in world-record transfer

Neymar has become the most expensive player in soccer history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million). PSG activated the release clause in the forward’s Barcelona contract to more than double the previous transfer record set a year ago when Manchester United paid 105 million euros (then $116 million) for Paul Pogba.

Neymar suspended, will miss ‘clasico’ against Real Madrid

Barcelona forward Neymar has been handed a two-game suspension for sarcastically applauding an assistant referee and will miss Barcelona’s game against Real Madrid in the Spanish league. The two-match ban comes in addition to the one-game suspension he was required to serve for the double yellow card that he picked up in the 2-0 loss at Malaga on Sunday.