Messi 1/2 odds-on favourite in Ballon d’Or Betting 2021

Will Messi land individual honour for the 7th time in his career after first international success?

Lionel Messi / PSG ©IMAGO / Sportimage 29.09.2021

Lionel Messi is the odds-on favourite in Ballon d’Or Betting 2021 at the moment, perhaps somewhat surprisingly.

Given the big summer that Italy had and thinking about Chelsea’s Champions League title, it wouldn’t have been unexpected to have seen a different market leader.

Ballon d’Or Betting Odds 2021

Lionel Messi 1/2
Robert Lewandowski 4/1
Jorginho 7/1
Ngolo Kante 7/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 11/1
Kevin de Bryne 16/1
Harry Kane 16/1
Kylian Mbappe 20/1
30/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 20:07 GMT on October 5th, 2021 at Unibet)

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When and where is the Ballon d’Or 2021?

The awards ceremony returns this year after 2020’s edition was cancelled. Monday, November 29th is the date when the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner will be announced in Paris.

Who is the reigning Ballon d’Or holder?

With no awards last year, the last winner was Lionel Messi for 2019, with Virgil van Dijk in second place followed by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi 2021 Ballon d’Or betting odds

Messi’s name will be on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or of course. While he spent half of the year playing in a struggling Barcelona team, he has since moved on to PSG.

No La Liga title came his way in his final season with the Catalan giants.

He still scored 38 goals and 14 assists for Barcelona in La Liga last season, even with a weak team around him.

However, 2021 did mark a big breakthrough for Messi.

He finally got his first international trophy in his hands. Messi helped Argentina to Copa America success during the summer.

So as the odds stand, Lionel Messi is the favourite to collect what would be his 7th Ballon d’Or title.

That’s at a quote of 1/2 currently * (odds recorded at 20:07 GMT on October 5th, 2021 at Unibet).

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Our betting prediction:
Robert Lewandowski Ballon d’Or

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(odds recorded 2000 GMT, Wednesday 8 January)


Robert Lewandowski odds for Ballon d’Or

Had the 2020 Awards gone ahead, then there is a fair chance that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski would have gotten the gold.

He should rightly be in the running for the 2021 edition as well, as his goal scoring exploits just continue in a remarkable fashion.

Lewandowski racked up 41 goals in the 2020/21 Bundesliga, his highest ever tally in the competition.

During that campaign, he netted his 15th Bundesliga hattrick and set a new club record with a run of 16 games with at least a goal scored for Bayern (all competitions).

In the summer he became the first Polish player to score in three consecutive European Championships.

Lewandowski is a quote of 4/1 in Ballon d’Or Betting * (odds recorded at 20:07 GMT on October 5th, 2021 at Unibet).

It’s worth remembering that the Ballon d’Or is based on a calendar year, not a season.

Lewandowski’s been back at it again, breaking another Bundesliga record in September but scoring in his 13th straight league home game.

Jorginho Ballon d’Or betting odds

It has been quite the year for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. It started with success in the Champions League final, helping the Blues get the better of Premier League rivals Man City.

But there was a further success to come from him in the summer. Jorginho helped Italy to land the big prize of the European Championships.

He has been influential to the success of both club and country this year and helped Chelsea beat Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup as well.

Jorginho was awarded the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award and he got into the Team Of The Tournament for Euro 2020.

He’s a quote of 7/1 to add the Ballon d’Or * (odds recorded at 20:07 GMT on October 5th, 2021 at Unibet).

N’Golo Kane Ballon d’Or Odds

Another Chelsea midfielder could be in the mixer for landing the Ballon d’Or title 2021. N’Golo Kante, so often the unsung hero of the Blues’ midfield, has been a massive presence for Chelsea.

In helping Chelsea land the Champions League title this year, Kante was awarded the Man of the Match in both semi-final matches and the Dinal itself. That’s some going.

His chances of getting this probably would have been boosted if France would have won Euro 2020. Kante missed out on the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award to Jorginho.

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Any other contenders?

It will be interesting to see if Cristiano Ronaldo gets on the list.

He is still proving that he can perform at the top level of competition following his move to Manchester United.

But with Juventus faltering in Serie A and Portugal coming up short in the European Championships this year, Ronaldo’s chances look slim.

Harry Kane had a great season in the Premier League for Tottenham and was among the goals as England reached the Euro 2020 Final.

The goals certainly give him a chance (33 goals and 17 assists in 49 games), but a lack of silverware hurts Kane’s chances.

Kylian Mbappe was a big underperformer at Euro 2020 for France. The Ligue 1 and Champions League titles also eluded him in 2020. Mbappe is one of the best in the business, but titles help.

Kevin De Bruyne is another one of the best players in the world and helped guide Man City to Premier League success in 2021.

The Citizens also reached the Champions League Final. De Bruyne won the PFA Player of the Year, but will likely come up short in this.

Romelu Lukaku fired Inter to the Serie A title this year, netting 30 times in all competitions for the Italians last season.

If he could have layered a European Championship title for Belgium on top he would have had a stronger chance in the Ballon d’Or.

But still, if Lukaku’s goals helps Belgium win the Nations League in October though, he may get some extra votes.