Brazilian and Barcelona superstar Neymar Jr believes he has produced his best season in a Barcelona shirt after his superb hat-trick fixed an insistent triumph over Las Palmas on Sunday night.
The 25-year-old first hat trick away from NouCamp help secured a 4-1 win over Los Amarillos that ensured LaLiga’s title race go down to the last day of the season.
Neymar has scored 19 goals and contributed a further 20 assist for his club in 2016-17 and thinks this season has been the best of his four campaigns at Camp Nou since his arrival from Santos.
“This is a great season for me,” Neymar said to France Football.
“I even think I have had my best season since I arrived here. I do not know if I have reached a new level, it is hard to have that judgement when you are on the pitch.
“I have always had the same role from my arrival until today – it has not changed. I have always taken responsibility on this team and everyone knows their role.”
The 25-year-old continued: “All I want to do is play with the best players in the world – and the best of all is Leo Messi.
“I dream of becoming the best. I think I can do it, but calmly and quietly – I am not in a hurry.
“All the player’s dream of [the Ballon d’Or] – I hope to win it one day.”
Neymar’s best game of the season was when he inspired Barcelona’s astonishing Champions League comeback in the last 16 against Paris Saint-Germain, a 4-0 first-leg loss recovered with a 6-1 win in the return leg – the biggest turnaround in the competition’s history.
“This is one of the best memories of my career,” he said.
“I will remember it all my life. From the final whistle of the match in Paris, I knew we could get it back.”