Football By Joe Crilly

Messi Clear Fav For Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi is the red hot favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or with William Hill making him 1/8. Despite the numerous records that he has broken Cristiano Ronaldo is some way back in the betting at 6/1. Neymar completes the top three, all the way out at 20/1.


“Cristiano Ronaldo has broken records galore this past year, however in the big competitions his team has come up short and Messi looks a cert for the Ballon d’Or after his side scooped the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Perhaps the most surprising name on the list is Massimo Luongo and the former Swindon and current QPR player he is 500/1 to scoop the gong.


Ballon d’Or Specials: 1/8 Lionel Messi; 6/1 Cristiano Ronaldo; 20/1 Neymar; 25/1 James Rodriguez; 25/1 Luis Suarez; 25/1 Thomas Mukller; 40/1 Alexis Sanchez; 40/1 Cesc Fabregas; 40/1 Eden Hazard; 40/1 Gareth Bale; 40/1 Manuel Neuer; 40/1 Mario Gotze; 40/1 Phillip Lahm; 40/1 Sergio Aguero; 40/1 Toni Kroos; 50/1 Angel di Maria; 50/1 Arturo Vidal; 50/1 Bastian Schweinsteiger; 50/1 David de Gea; 50/1 Kevin de Bruyne; 50/1 Yaya Toure; 66/1 Antoine Griezmann; 66/1 Arjen Robben; 66/1 David Alaba; 66/1 Diego Coasta; 66/1 Franck Ribery; 66/1 Karim Benzema; 66/1 Memphis Depay; 66/1 Nicolas Otamendi; 66/1 Paul Pogba; 66/1 Philippe Coutinho; 66/1 Thibaut Courtois; 66/1 Wayne Rooney; 80/1 Adrea Pirlo; 80/1 Robert Lewandowski; 80/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 100/1 Alexandre Lacazette; 100/1 Carlos Bacca; 100/1 Jackson Martinez; 100/1 Javier Pastore; 100/1 Willian; 125/1 Alvarao Morata; 125/1 Carlos Tevez; 125/1 Giorgio Chiellini; 125/1 Heung-Min Son; 150/1 Edinson Cavani; 150/1 Giovani dos Santos; 150/1 Harry Kane; 150/1 Wilfried Bony; 200/1 Gary Medel; 250/1 Andre Ayew; 250/1 Andres Guardado; 250/1 Carlos Sanchez; 250/1 Christian Atsu; 250/1 David Ospina; 250/1 Eduardo Vargas; 250/1 Paolo Guerrero; 250/1 Shinji Okazaki; 500/1 Massimo Luongo