- The race for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award is now in top gear with players in Europe lifting up their games
- Barcelona star Lionel Messi who is the current holder of the prize is presently leading the race for the 2021 edition
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Raheem Sterling, and N’Golo Kante are also on the list of the top 15 players fighting for the Ballon d’Or
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Lionel Messi is now leading the race to win this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award going by the odds the Argentina international currently has, Sportsbible reports.
There is no doubt about the fact that Messi is one of the best players in the world considering his records and achievements so far in the game of soccer.
Last season in the Spanish La Liga, the Barca superstar and his teammates failed to win the title, but they did themselves some good by winning the Copa del Rey.
Despite not winning the domestic league title last term, the 34-year-old was in spectacular shape, parading impressive individual performances.
- Lionel Messi’s goal record last term
- See below how the odds for the Ballon d’Or:
- 1. Lionel Messi
- 2. Harry Kane
- 3. N’Golo Kante
- 4. Cristiano Ronaldo
- 5. Robert Lewandowski
- 6. Kylian Mbappe
- 7. Neymar
- 8. Raheem Sterling
- 9. Kevin De Bruyne
- 10. Romelu Lukaku
- 11. Ciro Immobile
- 12. Phil Foden
- 13. Erling Haaland
- 14. Mason Mount
- 15. Serge Gnabry
- Kante plays down prospect of winning Ballon d’Or
Lionel Messi’s goal record last term
The Argentine football legend scored an impressive 30 times in La Liga as he finished as the top scorer last season ahead of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
OddsChecker has now found that bookmakers have put Messi as the favourite to win France Football’s coveted prize in 2021.
It is expected the forward will become a solid candidate for the prestigious prize should he inspire Argentina to Copa America glory.
Others leading the chase for the award include serial winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, and N’Golo Kante who has received public backing for the accolade in recent weeks.
See below how the odds for the Ballon d’Or:
1. Lionel Messi
2. Harry Kane
3. N’Golo Kante
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
5. Robert Lewandowski
6. Kylian Mbappe
8. Raheem Sterling
9. Kevin De Bruyne
10. Romelu Lukaku
11. Ciro Immobile
12. Phil Foden
13. Erling Haaland
14. Mason Mount
15. Serge Gnabry
Kante plays down prospect of winning Ballon d’Or
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported N’Golo Kante has played down the prospect of winning the coveted Ballon d’Or award.
There have been suggestions the midfielder is a clear frontrunner for the award owing to his sublime performances for Chelsea this season.
Kante played an integral role in Thomas Tuchel’s otherwise bright start to life at Stamford Bridge last season, with the former Leicester star cementing his place as one of the Blues’ key squad members.
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