The 30 nominees for the 2021 Ballon d'Or have been announced, and we have full the odds to win the Ballon d'Or for you below..
Lionel Messi is the soccer betting favorite to take home the honor, awarded to the best male soccer player of the year, for the seventh time in his illustrious career. The PSG attacker is the reigning winner, taking home the Ballon d'Or in 2019 before the 2020 ceremony was canceled.
Keep reading for the full Ballon d'Or odds, including the favorites to win.
Odds to win Ballon d'Or
|Player||Odds to win Ballon d'Or|
|Kevin de Bruyne||+2,500|
Odds courtesy of bet365 on October 9.
Favorites to win Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or a record six times, is the odds-on-favorite (-250) to take home the award this year and further his record. Despite enduring one of the least successful seasons of his career at club level, finishing third in La Liga with Barcelona and getting knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16, it was another marvelous season for Messi on an individual level with 43 goals and 14 assists across 57 games for Barca.
However, Messi's favorite status is all about what he did at international level, which was finally winning a trophy with Argentina. After losses in the 2014 World Cup final and the 2007, 2015, and 2016 Copa America finals, Messi and Argentina won the 2021 Copa America, with the legend contributing three goals and four assists to their tournament success.
Second on the Ballon d'Or odds board is Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (+450), who would have surely taken home the honor in 2020 had the award not been canceled. The 33-year-old simply continues to score at an incredible rate, with 54 goals in 48 games for Bayern and another six in seven for Poland over the year.
Lewandowksi and Bayern won the Bundesliga but his nomination is due to personal success, as he took down Gerd Muller's German record for goals in a season. Muller's record of 40 stood for 49 years and was seen as unbreakable before Lewandowski scored 41 in just 28 games.
Rounding out the Top 3 and the only other player with odds shorter than 10/1 is Chelsea's Italian midfielder Jorginho (+700). It has been the most successful year of Jorginho's career, with the midfielder serving as the metronome for Champions League-winning Chelsea and Euro-winning Italy. Though Italy teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma took home Player of the Tournament honors this summer, it was Jorginho who was the most important player for the champions.
What is the Ballon d'Or?
The Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) is the world's most prestigious men's soccer honor, awarded every year by France Football magazine. The Ballon d'Or is given to the player, worldwide, judged to have had the best individual season both at club level, as well as for his country.
When is the Ballon d'Or awarded?
The 30-player shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or was announced on October 8. The Top 3 for the honor and winner will be announced at the 65th annual Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris on November 29.
Previous winners of the Ballon d'Or