Football By Joe Crilly

Messi Even Money To Take Back Ballon d’Or Crown Next Year

Despite missing out to rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, this time around Lionel Messi is the Even money favourite to win the Ballon d’Or next year with William Hill. Ronaldo is 7/4 with Neymar 11/2. Gareth Bale was voted the sixth best player in the world this time around and he is 14/1 to win the accolade, while Jamie Vardy, who finished eighth, is 100/1.

“2016 really was Ronaldo’s year but we think Messi will wrestle the crown back next year but the chasing pack of Neymar, Suarez, Bale and Griezmann are all closing the gap on the big two,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Ballon d’Or 2017 winner: 1/1 Lionel Messi; 7/4 Cristiano Ronaldo; 11/2 Neymar; 8/1 Luis Suarez; 14/1 Gareth Bale; 16/1 Antoine Griezmann; 16/1 Antoine Griezmann; 20/1 Robert Lewandowski; 25/1 Manuel Neuer; 33/1 Sergio Ramos; 33/1 Sergio Aguero; 33/1 Eden Hazard; 33/1 Philippe Coutinho; 40/1 Paul Pogba; 50/1 Karim Benzema; 50/1 Kevin de Bruyne; 50/1 Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang; 66/1 Paulo Dybala; 100/1 Jamie Vardy