​Orlando City midfielder Kaka has tipped Barcelona star Neymar to one day stake his claim as the world's best and win the Ballon d'Or.

The annual award has become akin to a tug of war contest between football's two most prominent names: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with the pair claiming the last seven prizes between them.

Messi is expected to push himself into new territories with a fifth win in January, leaving Neymar to battle it out with Ronaldo for the runner up spot.

Kaka, who himself won the award in 2007, has said that his compatriot has matured since moving to Europe and that he'll win the Ballon d'Or in the future as a result.

"It had always been a rotation: Ronaldo and Zidane won it three times, but there was always some other player — names like [Luis] Figo, Ronaldinho, myself, Rivaldo, [Fabio] Cannavaro," he told FIFA.com. "Then comes this succession of Cristiano and Messi, only the two of them — and it is fair, for what they have been doing year after year.


"It's difficult to point out a single reason for this [lack of Brazilians in the final three in recent years], but it must serve to alert Brazilian football. And, truth be told, it's no easy task to forge a Ballon d'Or winner. Thankfully, Neymar has improved a lot since he's gone to play in Europe — his game is a lot more mature. Now it's a matter of time until he reaches first place."