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Vinicius Jr Odds-On For The Ballon d'Or After UEFA Champions League Triumph

Below we will take a look at why Vinicius Jr is so well-supported in the market whilst we also consider some possible alternatives to win football’s greatest individual accolade

Vinicius Jr Odds-On For The Ballon d'Or After UEFA Champions League Triumph
Vinicius Jr Odds-On For The Ballon d'Or After UEFA Champions League Triumph

Brazilian international Vinicius Jr is now the odds-on favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after another impressive performance in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fine season at Real Madrid which culminated in Vinicius Jr scoring the match-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Thanks to football betting odds from our betting partners at BetUK, below we will take a look at why Vinicius Jr is so well-supported in the market whilst we also consider some possible alternatives to win football’s greatest individual accolade.

What Is The Ballon d’Or?

The Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) was established in 1956 and is awarded each autumn to the best-performing player throughout that calendar year. In 2023 Lionel Messi won a record eighth Ballon d’Or award whilst with twelve wins apiece Real Madrid and Barcelona have produced the most Ballon d’Or winners. If Vinicius Jr wins this year’s award he will become the forest Brazilian Ballon d’Or winner since Kaka in 2007.

Vinicius Jr Steps Up

Vinicius Jr joined Real Madrid as a teenager in a £38m deal and following the departure of Karim Benzema last summer he has been seen as Real Madrid’s main man this season. The Brazilian stepped up to score 24 goals in all competitions as Real Madrid claimed a La Liga - Champions League double. Vinicius Jr’s goal in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final was his sixth in ten games in this year’s competition whilst he also notched up 15 goals in La Liga.

UEFA Champions League Final highlights: Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Real Madrid

Dominant Real Madrid

After a successful season which saw Real Madrid regain their La Liga title and become champions of Europe for a fifteenth time it is no surprise to see the Spanish giants dominate the Ballon d’Or betting. Following market leader Vinicius Jr are teammates Jude Bellingham and Toni Kroos.

Kroos’ place on the list is testament to the illustrious career he has enjoyed ahead of his planned retirement after Euro 2024. If Kroos can guide host nation Germany to glory in the European Championships then his odds will shorten further in his bid to become the first German Ballon d’Or winner since Matthias Sammer in 1996.

Jude Bellingham has enjoyed an incredible debut season in Spain having joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund twelve months ago. The England youngster signed for Real Madrid in a £105m deal but few would’ve expected him to hit the ground running in the manner that he has. Bellingham won the Golden Boy award in 2023 and kicked off his Real Madrid career by scoring ten goals in ten matches. Bellingham finished the season with 19 goals in 28 La Liga matches whilst he also chipped in with four goals in the UEFA Champions League, albeit all four came in the group stage before the turn of the year. Bellingham will be a key player for England in Euro 2024 and if the Three Lions are to win their first major tournament since 1966, he could join an elite list of players to have won the European Championships and Ballon d’Or in the same year. Past winners of both awards in the same year include Franz Beckenbauer (1972), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980), Michel Platini, Marco van Basten (1988), Matthias Sammer (1996) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2016).

The Next Galactico

Incredibly, the first non-Real Madrid player in the Ballon d’Or betting market is believed to be just a matter of days from confirming his own move to the Santiago Bernabeu. France's Kylian Mbappe is the bookies’ favourite to win the Golden Boot at Euro 2024 and has signed off from his time at Paris Saint-Germain with another hugely prolific season. The 25-year-old finished as joint-top scorer in the Champions League this season with 8 goals in 12 matches whilst he also netted 27 times in 29 Ligue 1 matches. Spain-bound Mbappe has already endeared himself to the Madridistas having scored the goals to eliminate Real Madrid’s fierce rivals Barcelona from this year’s UEFA Champions League. It is a matter of when and not if Mbappe picks up a first Ballon d’Or and he could be the best value in the entire field.

Ballon d’Or Odds

PlayerClub / NationOdds
Vinicius JrReal Madrid / Brazil1/2
Jude BellinghamReal Madrid / England3/1
Toni KroosReal Madrid / Germany9/1
Kylian MbappePSG / France11/1
Harry KaneBayern Munich / England20/1
Phil FodenManchester City / England22/1
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