A heated debate is rife in the football fraternity on who should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or. The annual calendar event is meant to crown the male player deemed to have performed extraordinarily over the previous 12 months based on voting by football journalists. After Croatia’s Lika Modric’s win last year, many have felt that it opened the floodgates for other players to challenge Messi and Ronaldo who have dominated the award since 2007. With the award expected to take place in December, the best soccer betting sites will give you the highest odds to predict the man who scopes Europe’s GOAT honors.
Christiano Ronaldo is among the top contenders of the 2019 Ballon d’Or despite his dominance in the award since 2008. The Portuguese midfielder, who joined the Italian club Juventus ahead of the 2018/19 season, had an impressive start having lead the Italians to the Supercoppa Italiana and Series A wins this year. Although Juventus were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League by Ajax, Ronaldo’s hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 was a golden moment for Juventus. His outstanding performance during the inaugural UEFA Nations League earned Portugal a place in the finals against the Netherlands.
Virgil van Dijk
Following the criteria seemingly play when voting and awarding the Ballon d’Or winners in recent years, Van Dijk has an extremely high chance of scooping the award based on his 2019 credentials. He has excelled consistently for one of the biggest and best clubs in European football. The Dutch defender who joined the English side during the 2017/18 mid-season impressed his fans with his exceptional defending skills. Under his defensive duty, Liverpool emerged the 2018/19 Premier League runners-up with a record of 97 points. Dijik was one of the key players leading against Tottenham to clinch their 6th Champions League title.
Van Dijk is predicting the most likely winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or following his impressive performance as the Premier League Player of the Season, PFA Player of the year, Liverpool FC Player of the Season, and UEFA Champions League Squad of the season. ComeOn has given Dijk odds of 8/11 due to the high probability that he will be the second defender to win the Ballon d’Or after Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro.
Argentina’s forward Messi has had an impressive performance this season in his career. Messi lead Bercelona to the top of the La Liga table. Messi grabbed the European Golden Boot for the record six times having finished the season 51 goals in all the competitions. Even though Messi has won the Ballon d’Or trophy five times in the last decade, he remains a top contender for the 2019 award. As the G.O.A.T. player in football, Messi has remained in Barcelona throughout his career where he has 10 La Liga title, 4 E.U.F.A. Champions League, 3 FIFA World Cup title, 7 Supercoppa de Espana, and 6 Copa del Rey titles. Should Messi be crowned the 2019 Ballon d’Or, he will be the first player to win the award six times, one ahead of Portuguese midfielder Christiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was previously considered a Premier League flop during his short-lived bout at Chelsea, The Egyptian forward then reinvented his football career in Florence and Rome before moving to Liverpool in the summer of 2017. Since his reentry, Salah has scored and assisted eighty-one time in seventy-eight premier league matches. Salah became a point of interest after adding to his Champions League collection having beaten Tottenham through a penalty to scope Europe’s most prestigious trophy. Having won the Gold Boot two years in a row, Salah’s incredible performance at the Champions League put him in the contending position for the Ballon d’Or as an African.