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The Ballon d'Or is a significant award presented by “France Football” magazine and one of the most prestigious football awards. And in this article, we will review the betting odds for the next winner.

Latest Ballon d'Or Betting Odds

The much-anticipated return of the Ballon d'Or is upon us and the odds on the next winner of the prestigious award have started to surface, but just who are the bookmakers backing and why? Some of the usual suspects make the list and following the conclusion of Euro 2020 and the Copa America, there are a couple of surprise names making their way into the running. Here is a list of the players that are in the running for the 2020/21 Ballon d'Or, with odds provided by William Hill.

Lionel Messi @ 2/5

Robert Lewandowski @ 7/1

Cristiano Ronaldo @ 7/1

N'golo Kante @ 8/1

Harry Kane @ 9/1

Raheem Sterling @ 11/1

Jorginho @ 14/1

Kevin de Bruyne @ 16/1

Romelu Lukaku @ 25/1

Ciro Immobile@ 25/1

Kylian Mbappe @ 33/1

Erling Haaland @ 50/1

Ballon d'Or Rankings

Now it's time to take a closer look at the players ranking high in the current odds for the next Ballon d'Or winner. We're going to look at the year each of the top 5 ranked players have had and what they have achieved this year that makes them a serious contender for the 2020/21 Ballon d'Or.

Lionel Messi is the odds on favourite to secure his seventh Ballon d'Or award this season. The diminutive forward saw his odds shorten when he lead Argentina to the Copa America title, his first major international tournament victory with the national team. Messi scored 5-goals in 9 appearances for Argentina this year, four of which arrived at the Copa America. Messi was in fantastic form for Barcelona this season, netting 38 goals in 47 games and winning the Copa del Rey.

Ballon d’Or 2021 odds

Robert Lewandowski has never won the Ballon d'Or before and the closest he has come is a 4th-place finish back in 2015. The Poland and Bayern Munich goal-machine had an amazing year in front of goal, netting 6-goals in 6 games for his country and a whopping 48-goals in 40 matches for Bayern Munich, so it's easy to see why he is up there in the Ballon d'Or rankings. Many people have been calling for the 2020/21 Ballon d'Or to go to Lewandowski following another phenomenal season in the Bundesliga and a decent performance with Poland at Euro 2020. However, he is currently a long way off the favourite Messi in the Ballon d'Or odds and with the Argentine winning an international trophy, he could prove very difficult to knock off the top spot.

At the age of 36, Cristiano Ronaldo is still performing at the highest level and remains a superstar for club and country. Despite rumours that he may leave Juventus this summer, Ronaldo has been fantastic on the pitch and it is a wonder just how Juventus underperformed so badly. Saying that, Ronaldo did manage to get his hands on the Coppa Italia and had a very good Euros with Portugal, so we can see why he is the joint-second favourite in the Ballon d'Or odds and rankings. The Portuguese star scored 36-goals in 44 games across all competitions for the Serie A side, whilst netting 7-goals in 9 games this year for Portugal and breaking the record for the highest international goalscorer of all time.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kanté

N'golo Kante has been fantastic ever since he joined Chelsea back in 2016 and does a crucial job for the team that appears to go unnoticed when it comes to the awards season. However, the French international is right up there in the Ballon d'Or rankings this season and if it hadn't been for France's poor performance at Euro 2020, he surely would have been closer in the current Ballon d'Or odds to Messi. Kante helped his side secure the FA Cup and the Champions League this season, featuring 6 times for his country in 2021 and making 48 appearances in all competitions for his club. Many in the world of football have been getting right behind Kante for this season's Ballon d'Or but right now, it looks like he will narrowly miss out.

Harry Kane captained England to the final of Euro 2020 and had one of his best goalscoring seasons for Tottenham but only ended the campaign with a couple of loser's medals. Much of the talk about Harry Kane this summer has been transfer speculation as the striker appears to want to move away from his boyhood club in order to win trophies. Kane scored 33-goals in all competitions for Spurs this season and scored 6-goals in 10 games for England during 2021. If Kane had managed to help England beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final then he may well have been right up there alongside Messi in the Ballon d'Or rankings but instead, he may have to wait until he makes the move to a bigger team before claiming the prestigious award.

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Jorginho has had a very successful season for club and country, playing a pivotal, if not noticeable, role in the heart of midfield. For Chelsea, Jorginho claimed the FA Cup and Champions League this season, two of the most sort after trophies in European football, while he also helped Italy to national glory by beating England in the final of Euro 2020, despite having his penalty saved by Jordan Pickford. The Italian will be a surprise outsider for the Ballon d'Or to many, but you can't argue with his performances this season and the trophies he has collected along the way.

Golden Ball Outright Betting Markets

Ballon d’Or 2021 odds

Ballon d'Or Winner

Odds for the winner are the most popular type of Ballon d'Or bets, and people would have put their money on this market most. The thrill of predicting the winner has always been one of the most popular types of markets in sports betting, and that won't change in the future. The odds for these types of outright markets are better than others, especially if you place the wager months in advance.

Ballon d'Or Second (Silver Ball) and Third (Bronze Ball) Places

Alongside the Golden Ball winner, France Football also presents second and third place awards called the “Silver” and “Bronze” ball. They are awarded to the second and third most accomplished footballers throughout the year. Except for the first place, these two markets are also popular amongst punters. Some bookmakers even let punters request bets, like “To Finish in Top Three for Ballon d'Or” or something similar.

Best Places to Bet on the Golden Ball

Ballon d’Or 2021 odds

Established bookmakers offer odds and markets on the Golden Ball each year, and we are glad to give you a shortlist of the best bookmakers you can bet with when the time comes.


Ladbrokes is an excellent choice because they have one of the best online and mobile platforms for online betting in the UK. They also have numerous betting shops you can go to place football bets. Ladbrokes platform offers a wide array of sports and markets to choose from, including outright markets for many competitions. You can also use one of the betting features available to all customers or benefit from bonuses, promotions, and games for existing customers.


Betfair is one of the more popular bookmakers in the UK, and they offer a wide array of services on their platform, including a Sportsbook, a Betting Exchange, Online Casino, Live Casino, and more. They provide attractive welcome offers for each of the available platforms. They regularly offer bonuses to customers, especially around the prevalent competitions, like the Premier League finals, FIFA World Cup finals, etc.


Bet365 provides a wide array of options to their customers, including betting on popular and not-so-popular sports. Bet365 also provides plenty of betting features you can use to increase your chances of winning, like live streaming and in-play betting, edit bet, cash-out, bet builder, etc. Some punters might even say that Bet365 offers the best odds on certain events than most bookmakers, but nowadays, there are so many new bookies, and odds change daily, so sometimes they have better odds and sometimes they don't.

William Hill

William Hill is one of the oldest bookmakers in the UK, and they have plenty of experience with online and in-store betting. They provide an attractive online platform, and their welcome bonus is competitive and one of the best. WH is known for providing some of the best bonuses for existing customers, including the daily odds boosts and ACCA boosts. You can browse their wide selection of markets for various sports and competitions and choose the best ones.


Betfred is a well-known name in sports and sports betting. They provide one of the best online platforms and have a unique website design. Compared to other bookmakers, they might not have the most extensive library of betting markets and sports. Still, they offer quality bonuses for new and existing customers, including their attractive welcome offer. You can also use some of their betting features to have a better chance at winning.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Ballon d'Or

Who won the Golden Ball last year?

In 2019, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award with 689 points. Second place went to Virgil van Dijk, while Ronaldo got third place.

Who has won the Ballon d'Or most times?

Lionel Messi has won the Golden Ball six times in his career, the current record, followed closely by Ronaldo with five wins.

When is the Ballon d'Or usually presented?

The Golden Ball award is presented every year at the beginning of December, and it would have been this year, too, if not for the cancellation.

Is the Ballon d'Or going to be presented next year?

FIFA has no plans to cancel the Golden Ball award next year, and we think that as long as there aren't any significant competition cancellations like in 2020, FIFA will present the award in 2021.

Who decides who the winner of the Ballon d'Or will be?

The shortlist of players to choose from is created by a select committee, while the actual winner is selected by media representatives who are football experts in their field.


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