The Ballon d'Or is regarded as the top individual honour a male football player can win in his career and we are looking forward to the upcoming awards with the latest Ballon d'Or 2022 betting odds. The award was for players who have been active across the year for a European club but has since expanded to include players from around the world. Read on as we bring you our Ballon d'Or 2022 betting predictions and the current Ballon d'Or winner 2022 odds that strongly favour Karim Benzema who is available at just 1.10 with William Hill.
Before we get into the Ballon d'Or player of the year betting odds and predict who will be the Ballon d'Or 2022 winner, a little background information about the award and event. Stanley Matthews of England was the first player to win the Ballon d'Or with the most recent being Lionel Messi in 2021. Messi holds the record for the most Ballon d'Or awards, with 7 to his name but is he one of the Golden Ball 2022 favourites?
There are no doubts, it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League. He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. I think there is no doubt this year. - Lionel Messi about Ballon d'Or 2022, Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Golden Ball 5 times, with Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff, and Marco van Basten each winning the award 3 times. Other notable winners include Franz Beckenbauer, Kevin Keegan, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Roberto Baggio. The 2022 Ballon d'Or award ceremony will take place on the 17th of October, with the full list of nominees available in August. In the meantime, we will look at who is the favourite in betting odds to win the Golden Ball and the Ballon d'Or outright betting odds.
2. Ballon d'Or 2022 Betting Odds
Looking at the current Ballon d'Or 2022 odds and the favourite to be crowned the Ballon d'Or 2022 winner in the eyes of the bookmakers is Karim Benzema. The French international striker plays for Real Madrid and has really come into his own following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. In fact, the Ballon d'Or outright betting odds with William Hill have Benzema as the overwhelming favourite to pick up the award and he is on offer at just 1.10.
Continuing down the list of Ballon d'Or winner 2022 betting odds and we come to Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool forward has enjoyed another great season with Liverpool but he lost in the 2022 CL final in Paris against Benzema's Real Madrid. Could the outcome of that match sway the way the vote is going to go for the 2022 Ballon d’Or? At the time of writing, the Golden Ball 2022 betting odds with William Hill have Salah available at 11.00 to win the award for the first time in his career.
Looking further at the Ballon d'Or winner betting odds and another Liverpool player is in the mix with Sadio Mane available at 11.00. Kylian Mbappe, who is staying with Paris Saint-Germain despite being strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, is on offer at 17.00 along with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski is priced at 11.00 and 17.00, respectively, in the latest Ballon d'Or 2022 betting odds.
We continue our Golden Ball 2022 preview below as we make our Golden Ball winner 2022 predictions. But first, let us remind you that later this year, there's a great opportunity for all punters as the World Championship starts in November. We already covered some of the games, so you can take a look at our England vs USA betting picks available in the related article.
3. Ballon d'Or 2022 Predictions
When predicting the 2022 Ballon d'Or award winner, it is difficult to look beyond the bookies' favourite and Benzema has enjoyed a tremendous season with Real Madrid. What happened in the CL final against Liverpool just made his presence at the top of the Ballon d'Or player of the year betting odds stronger. If Salah had been to score a couple of goals and take Liverpool to the CL title, we would've seen a big swing in the Ballon d'Or outright betting odds. However, although Liverpool lost to Real Madrid, it may still be worth backing the Egyptian in your Ballon d'Or 2022 betting predictions now, as the odds are very attractive.
It would take something very surprising for Mane to become the favourite. Nevertheless, keep an eye on what happens in the odds and how they change. Anyway, we recommend you stick with either Benzema or Salah. But you should consider taking advantage of the latest Senegal vs Netherlands odds and back Mane to score at least one goal in that match.
3.1 Golden Ball 2022 Free Bet
Using our links, you can claim a free bet when betting on the 2022 Ballon d’Or. Simply click on our links and create an account with Unibet, Bet365, or William Hill to become eligible. The free bet is awarded if your first bet loses, meaning you can have a risk-free bet when you join.
3.2 How to Bet on Ballon d'Or 2022
You can begin by clicking on our links, which will take you to the Unibet website and allow you to claim the free bet offer. Click on the yellow ‘Register’ button located in the top right of the homepage and complete the short registration form. Within a matter of minutes, you will have an account with Unibet. Log in, make your first deposit and click on the ‘Football’ link found in the sports menu on the left. Click on ‘Outrights’ and ‘Specials’, which will bring up the Ballon d'Or 2022 odds. Choose the player you are backing to win the award and click on the odds, which will appear on your betting slip. Add your stake and place your bet.