The 2020 Ballon d’Or ceremony may have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but in either late November or early December one of the most prestigious awards in football will return and according to the Golden Ball 2021 betting odds, a familiar face is the favourite to get his hands on the trophy….
Despite Barcelona not having the best of seasons in 2020/21, Lionel Messi managed to bag himself 35 goals in all competitions and confirm his status as the best in the business. He is the 1.40 with the bookies to win the Golden Ball.
But there are some other interesting contenders in the Golden Ball 2021 betting. Robert Lewandowski won the FIFA Best Player award at the end of 2020, and he probably would have won the Ballon d’Or too if the ceremony hadn’t been cancelled. With an astonishing 46 goals to his name last season, it’s easy to see why.
The Pole is priced at 8.00 in the Golden Ball odds, and he’s joined at the head of the market by Jorginho, who enjoyed a phenomenal season in which he claimed the Euro 2020 and Champions League titles with Italy and Chelsea. He’s priced at 11.00.
There are plenty of other contenders in the Ballon d'Or winner 2021 odds, so let’s see if we can uncover the best of the betting value in this preview.
For many years, the Ballon d’Or was the sole preserve of attacking players – those who really catch the eye with their goals and assists.
In the past ten years, Messi has won the Golden Ball five times and Cristiano Ronaldo on four occasions….nothing surprising there.
But there was a Golden Ball outright betting surprise in 2018 when Luka Modric lifted the trophy. He is a fine player, of course, but he doesn’t have the goal threat of a Messi or a Ronaldo, and often his best work goes unnoticed.And then, in 2019, Virgil van Dijk finished second behind Messi but by just seven votes, and that goes to show how the award has changed to include other players and not just the Golden Ball favourites.
It generally helps if you have been part of a team that has won something, and for that reason Messi’s position at the top of the golden ball betting odds could have been questioned….until Argentina won Copa America, that is.
That’s the reason why other quality operators such as N’Golo Kante and Kevin de Bruyne have slipped down the Ballon d'Or 2021 odds. Yes, they won the Champions League and Premier League respectively in the 2020/21 season, but they needed France or Belgium to go on and win Euro 2020 if they were to have a realistic chance of lifting the Golden Ball. You can always share your predictions and join our Premier League tipsters competition.
2. 2021 Golden Ball Predictions
As we know, the history books tell us that the identity of who will win 2021 Ballon d'Or award will be a player that has won a significant trophy in the previous 12 months. And so our Golden Ball bet tips have to focus on those individuals, which means that other contenders such as Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe can be ignored.
When there’s so much talk about it, naturally, you are going to give it some thought. - Jorginho about winning Golden Ball, Football-italia
Usually, the award goes to a player that has enjoyed international or continental success – unless they have achieved remarkable feats of goalscoring like Messi and Ronaldo in recent years, and so it’s players that have won Euro 2020 or the Champions League that are most appealing.That is reflected in the Ballon d'Or odds, of course, and so the question remains: will we back Messi to lift the trophy, or can one of the other main contenders cause a huge shock?
It’s Messi that leads the way in the Golden Ball winner odds, and because Barcelona didn’t win anything last season it’s easy to forget his achievements.But 35 goals in a campaign is elite-level stuff, and the fact that he captained Argentina to Copa America glory is enough for Messi to take his place amongst the Ballon d'Or 2021 winner favourites.
It’s perhaps just circumstance that Jorginho finds himself so highly fancied in the Ballon d’Or player of the year betting odds. Yes, he was a dual European Championship and Champions League winner, but the midfielder is a fairly innocuous presence in the Italy and Chelsea teams – an excellent passer of the ball he may be, but Jorginho does not scream Golden Ball winner. Meanwhile Lewandowski, despite being highly rated by his fellow pros, does not have the major continental or international title we would expect from a Golden Ball 2021 winner. Remember that if you are looking for best correct score betting tips, you can read about it in another article.
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6. Golden Ball FAQ
6.1 ❓Can I bet on the Ballon d’Or 2021?
You can easily bet on the Ballon d’Or, with a number of bookmakers including William Hill and Unibet offering odds.
6.2 ⚽️Who is the favourite to win the Golden Ball 2021?
Answering the question who is the favourite in betting to win the Golden Ball is easy: Lionel Messi, the five-time winner, is again the red-hot contender to lift the famous trophy.
6.3 🥇Who will win the Ballon d’Or 2021?
There are a number of candidates to win the Ballon d’Or 2021, with Cope America champion Messi, dual Euro 2020 and Champions League victor Jorginho and 46-goal Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski the main candidates. But Messi is so short in the Golden Ball 2021 betting odds for good reason…