Bookmakers name Ballon d’Or favourite after Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021

The Ballon d’Or 2020 ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic, so the next award will be granted at the end of 2021. International betting sites named their favourite right after Euro 2020 and Copa America 2021 had come to an end, with Italy and Argentina winning their trophies against England and Brazil, respectively.

Lionel Messi is the number one challenger. He scored 33 goals and made 14 assists last season. Lionel’s win at Copa America was his first with the national team. Messi has been the top scorer and the best assistant at the tournament. He also won Copa del Rey. Online bookmakers are sure that Messi will achieve his seventh Ballon d’Or triumph and price it with the odds as low as 1.35 (-286 American). This equals an approximate probability of 74%

The second on the list is Robert Lewandowski, who scored 34 goals and made 4 assists. He won the Club World Cup and Bundesliga. Bayern Munich forward must have taken this award in 2020, but unfortunately the Ballon d’Or got cancelled. Still, Lewandowski had another great season in Germany. So it is rather probable that he will win the Ballon d’Or this year. Bets on Robert are priced with the odds of 6.00 (+500) — chances are 17%.

Kylian Mbappe is in the top 3 too. He did not score at Euro 2020, but showed unbelievable performance on a club level: scored 29 goals and made 7 assists. Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Germain win the French Cup and Trophee des Champions. Kylian to get the title comes with the odds of 7.00 (+600), or chances of 14%.

The fourth is N’Golo Kante. He did not score last season, but made an assist. In spite of this rather not very efficient performance, Chelsea midfielder won the Champions League and received man-of-the match in the league’s final. Kante to claim his first Ballon d’Or award comes with the odds 8.90 (+790), or chances of 11.3%.

The fifth challenger is Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 27 goals and made 4 assists. He received Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italia awards and has been the top scorer at Euros. Cristiano comes with the odds of 9.00 (+800), or chances of 11%.

Jorginho and Kevin de Bruyne are sixth and seventh by the odds of winning the Ballon d’Or, respectively. The former scored 5 goals and made 2 assists. He won the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with his national team. He was nominated for the best player of Euro 2020 as well. Bets on Jorginho to claim Ballon d’Or 2021 are priced with the odds of 15.00 (+1400), which equals to a probability of 7%.

The latter scored 10 goals and made 10 assists, which makes de Bruyne the second best assistant on the list. Manchester City midfielder won the Premier League and Carabao Cup. He also played in the Champions League finals. Bets on Kevin to claim the Ballon d’Or are priced with the odds of 17.00 (+1600), which equals to a probability of 6%.

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