A Barcelona player has been named Spain’s footballer of the year for the first time.

Bizarrely, no player from the European champions has been given the accolade since it started more than two years ago.

Brazil forward Neymar was named La Liga's Player of the Month for November on Tuesday, ending this incredible streak.

Remarkably, Barca's four-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has never won the award, while his great rival, three-time World Player Cristiano Ronaldo of Real, has scooped it twice.

The award often goes to players with a relatively low profile such as Nolito of Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano's Alberto Bueno, Eibar's Borja Baston and Sevilla's Vitolo since it was first given out in September 2013.

Prominent players who have not been honoured include Real's Gareth Bale and Barca pair Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.

Barca swept the board at the La Liga awards for last season however, with Messi voted best player and best forward and Luis Enrique best coach.

Neymar scored five goals in three games during the month of November, including doubles against Villarreal and Real Sociedad and one against Real Madrid in the Clasico.

He leads the overall scoring chart with 14 goals in 13 appearances.