Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar Jr has won the 2017 Gold Samba, the award for the best Brazilian player plying his trade in Europe, making it a hat-trick after wins in 2014 and 2015.

The Gold Samba is awarded each season by Brazilian football website Sambafoot and this 2017 nod is Neymar’s third, taking him equal-top of the award’s all-time honours list with compatriot and clubmate Thiago Silva. Neymar took out the 2017 Gold Samba with 27.71% of the vote, edging out Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (16.64%) and Marcelo of Real Madrid (14.43%).

The 25-year-old had an excellent second half of the 2016-17 campaign with Barcelona before making a summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain and playing a key role in the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders’ blistering start to the season.


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