Neymar insists his “dream” of winning the Ballon d’Or is outweighed by a desire to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a maiden Champions League triumph.
The Brazil star’s decision to leave Barcelona in August was reportedly motivated by a desire to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s monopoly on the prestigious individual honour.
Neymar finished third in the voting in 2015, which was won by then team-mate Messi, but was not on the podium last time around.
But with PSG having already breezed through to the Champions League’s knockout stages, the 25-year-old’s priority is to replicate the success he enjoyed with Barca in 2014-15.
“The Ballon d’Or is a dream. This is obviously an objective for me,” Neymar said in an interview with PSG’s official club magazine.
“But it’s not a trophy that [has to be at the front of my mind]. We must first think in terms of the team and the whole team wants to achieve its Champions League ambition.
“Thank God, I’ve already won one. I know this sensation and I want to know again this thrill with PSG.
“Only when the collective trophies are won will it be time, then, to think of the individual rewards.”
— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 7, 2017
PSG have looked ominous in Europe so far this season, sealing their progression from Group B with four consecutive victories.
However, Neymar believes the Ligue 1 leaders cannot afford to be satisfied with their accomplishment.
“To win the Champions League is not to think about it only when [a matchday approaches],” he said.
“No, the Champions League is a work of a whole season. It is very, very difficult.”