Karim Benzema Ballon d’Or Odds Skyrocket: French Striker is the Favourite
Another year has passed, and the date for the Ballon d’Or is coming up rapidly. Every year, football fans from all over the world speculate for months about who will win the most prestigious club football trophy.
The Magical Karim Benzema
Sure, he might not be as famous as Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or even Neymar Jr., but Karim Benzema has a fanbase. This 34-year-old striker from Real Madrid has already scored a mesmerizing 41 goals from 41 matches! On average, he scored in every single game this season!
That’s not even the end. His eye-dazzling performance in this year’s Champions League has got the hopes of all punters and fans high. The hat-trick against PSG might have a pivotal point in him being the favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Mo Salah or Karim Benzema?
Mohamed Salah was the clear favourite at most bookmakers with 13/1 odds. Before his recent boom in performance, he was riding 16/1 odds. It was not bad by any means, but it’s not the best.
Karim Benzema is at the top of the list of the most favourite footballers to win the Ballon d’Or. He’s now riding 11/10 odds, giving him a major boost against Salah’s 13/2.
The journey, however, hasn’t been overnight for this French striker. Rather, it’s been a slow uprising of performance and hardship. Another reason would be that Mohamed Salah recently slowed down on being the goal machine for Liverpool.
Karim Benzema has also surpassed Salah in terms of League goals. He has scored 25 goals from a mere 29 matches, while Salah scored a decent 22 out of 31 games.
Who’s Also on the List?
Believe it or not, the 2 hotshots of club football who reigned the top position of football bookmakers‘ favourite lists, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are now at the bottom. Both of them are currently boasting 33/1 odds. It clearly shows that they may not be the winner of this year’s trophy.
However, these are 2 magicians in the field we’re talking about. The ceremony is still quite a few months away, so you never know what new explorations might come to light.
Right after Benzema and Salah, the 3rd prospective winner is Kevin de Bruyne, boasting 10/1 odds. It’s also thanks to the Egyptian forward’s recent downtime.