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Ballon D'or: Why Messi is favorite despite Jorginho's excellency; as Kante & Lewandowski makes top 4

Less than 50 days are left until the Ballon d’Or ceremony. It will take place on November 29 at the famous Parisian theater Châtelet.


More recently, we found out a list of 30 nominees - footballers who claim the title of the season’s best player according to France Football. Among them are the young 18-year-old Pedri from Barcelona, ​​young stars Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, and even the aging Luis Suarez, whom Barça abandoned a year ago.


There are also quite heavyweight contenders - as always, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the list too.

So what are the odds for the applicants? The smallest goes on Leo Messi - with only 2.5. It seems that winning the Copa America and pulling Barcelona out of the abyss will still secure Messi's seventh Ballon d'Or.

The possible presentation of the award is also hinted at by the fact that France Football recently interviewed Leo, possibly recording additional footage for the ceremony with him.

By the way, Leo became the main contender according to the bookies not long ago, as before that he was on a par with the rest. The numbers were affected by one event, but more on that a little later.


Second on the list is Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Jorginho.

The betting chance for his victory is six. This footballer is said to be victorious, winning both the Champions League and last season’s Euro tournament.

Jorginho also received a best player of the season prize from UEFA.


Only the third is the Polish striker from Bayern, Robert Lewandowski. His chance of succeeding is seven. Last year, this guy was supposed to receive the Ballon d'Or, but a pandemic thwarted all plans and the presentation of the award was canceled.

Last year, Robert won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, and this year he also proved himself great at the individual level: he scored 41 goals in the Bundesliga, breaking the eternal record of Gerd Müller. This season, the guy didn’t slow down - 7 appearances and 7 goals in the league. Besides, Lewandowski has become virtually irreplaceable in “Bayern” - as soon as he got injured for a match last spring, and the team was immediately knocked out of the Champions League by “PSG”.

He even carries the national team of Poland on his shoulders in the literal sense - at Euro 2020 he slotted three, which are 75% of the goals that Poland scored in this tournament.


Further on the list we are to find two Premier League representatives - N'Golo Kante from Chelsea and Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City. Both have betting odds of about 12.

Kante was a key factor in helping Chelsea triumph at the Champions League and De Bruyne to get the Professional Football Association's England Player of the Year for the second time in a row.

Both players haven’t achieved significant success with the national team and that is why they both trudge towards the bottom of the list of favorites.


Almost all football experts are supporting Messi. “It will be difficult for competitors to overcome Messi. He had a great first part of the season and then he won the Copa América with Argentina, ”said former England and Barcelona player Gary Lineker.


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