There is no shortage of individual honors in the world of soccer. The Ballon d’Or, however, is considered the most prestigious of them all.
With so many different leagues and players to keep track of all over the world, voting on the Ballon d’Or can be a difficult challenge. While every professional player on earth is technically eligible to win it, this award has been dominated by the major European leagues over the years. Soccer betting sites do their best to handicap the field ahead of the annual announcement. The 2022 Ballon d’Or will be unveiled in October, and this year’s field of contenders looks a little different.
We do have a heavy, odds-on favorite the latest 2022 Ballon d’Or odds, which means there’s also potential betting value to be found with some of the underdogs.
Ballon d’Or Betting Odds
Karim Benzema (-900)
In our most recent Ballon d’Or odds update back in May, Real Madrid’s star striker was listed at -225 to take home the hardware. That was before Benzema helped Los Blancos to a narrow 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final, however.
Now that Madrid have won yet another major European trophy, Benzema’s Ballon d’Or betting odds have shot all the way to -900. So, here’s hoping you got on the Benzema bandwagon earlier in the year.
Thanks LA 🤍 #HalaMadrid 🤍 pic.twitter.com/NIUriCAXDi
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 31, 2022
Frankly, it’s hard to imagine any other player winning it at this point. Playing for a club as prestigious at Real Madrid certainly won’t hurt his chances, but it is unusual to see a player win Ballon d’Or for the first time this late in his career.
Benzema will turn 35 in December, but he’s fresh off of the best campaign of his professional life. He bagged 27 goals in 32 appearances for the La Liga champions in domestic play, alongside another 15 tallies in 12 games over the course of Madrid’s Champions League conquest.
Benzema’s new -900 2022 Ballon d’Or odds do not offer much upside, but your chances of cashing a winning bet are awfully good.
Mohamed Salah (+1000)
Back in May, Mohamed Salah was a +700 underdog in Ballon d’Or odds. Liverpool’s aforementioned loss to Real Madrid in Paris likely cost Salah and ex-teammate Sadio Mane in their quests to unseat Benzema as a betting favorite.
Salah’s own 2021-22 campaign was a memorable one, of course. The Egyptian won the English Premier League’s Golden Boot honor for the third time in his first five seasons with the club. The Reds also came awfully close to pulling off the rare quadruple before falling short in both the Champions League and Premier League races at the end of the year.
📊 A goal against Fulham on Saturday would see Mo Salah jointly secure the record for the most goals scored on the opening weekend of a Premier League season, joining Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney who are all tied on eight. #lfc [mirror]pic.twitter.com/mt8xUSWkV1
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 5, 2022
Over the summer, the 30-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him on Merseyside for the rest of his prime years. Amazingly, Salah has scored 118 goals in Premier League play since returning to England in 2017, with 34 more in European competition.
Salah’s +1000 Ballon d’Or betting odds are admittedly alluring considering how incredible his season was, but Benzema has dominated the narrative ahead of the voting.
Sadio Mane (+1200)
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said before the UCL final that the winner of the game would determine whether Benzema or Sadio Mane would go on to win Ballon d’Or. Henry admitted Benzema had the inside track at the time, and Real Madrid’s triumph will surely be enough to put the French striker over the top.
While Mane was largely overshadowed by Salah last season, the Senegal international did put together yet another outstanding term. Mane scored 16 times across 34 PL appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side with five more in the Champions League. With Mane on the left and Salah on the right, Liverpool has boasted one of Europe’s most imposing attacks for the last half-decade.
Sadio Mané starts in his Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich. 🔴
The beginning of a new chapter. 👏 pic.twitter.com/i4UR6PJxVa
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) August 5, 2022
However, change is on the horizon. Mane, seeking a new challenge, left Liverpool to sign with Bayern Munich this summer. The Reds did fill the squad with capable replacements, but Mane’s presence in front of goal may still be missed.
It’s just hard to imagine Mane overcoming his current +1200 Ballon d’Or odds. If any player with LFC ties pulls the upset to beat Benzema, it’ll be Salah.
Who Will Win Ballon d’Or?
As mentioned, Benzema’s -900 Ballon d’Or odds are incredibly difficult to ignore. Frankly, whatever happens between now and the voting in October likely won’t do much to hamper his case.
Salah would be a compelling underdog at +1000 Ballon d’Or betting odds in just about any other year, but the trophy is Benzema’s to lose.
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Opening 2022 Ballon d’Or Odds
Kevin de Bruyne
As you can see, Karim Benzema is an odds-on favorite to win his first Ballon d’Or in 2022. The Real Madrid striker is no spring chicken at the age of 34, but he’s in the midst of the finest individual season of his outstanding career.
Benzema was previously overshadowed by Ronaldo when the two were teammates at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Benzema is enjoying the spotlight now that Ronaldo is back in England. The France international has 43 goals in 43 games for Real Madrid so far this season, including a whopping 15 in 11 Champions League matches.
Real Madrid’s best player of April:
Karim Benzema! 🌟🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/JQAhXzM36h
— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) May 19, 2022
Benzema has come up with a slew of timely goals for Los Blancos. As of this writing, he has a goal in each of his last four appearances in all competitions. That includes a brace in Madrid’s thrilling 4-3 defeat at the Etihad Stadium to Manchester City in the first leg of ther Champions League semifinal clash.
Benzema subsequently supplied the game-winning penalty when the two met at the Bernabeau a week later. Benzema has already lead Real to the La Liga title. Later this month, he’ll have the chance to push Madrid back to the top of Europe when they take on Liverpool in the Champions League final. It’s only fitting that the game will take place in Paris. Los Blancos going on to win the competition would further cement Benzema’s status as the clear-cut Ballon d’Or favorite.
Clearly, you’re not getting great bang for your buck in Benzema’s current -225 Ballon d’Or betting odds. This year’s Ballon d’Or will be handed out in October, which means the World Cup, which starts in November, won’t be a factor in the voting.
Mohamed Salah (+700)
Mohamed Salah has done nothing but put numbers on the board since arriving in Liverpool from Roma back in 2018. However, the Egypt international is still looking to win Ballon d’Or for the first time.
Liverpool are in the midst of one of the most remarkable seasons we’ve ever seen. Salah’s Reds have already claimed the FA Cup and League Cup trophies, with two more titles still yet to be determined.
Liverpool will have the chance to overtake Manchester City to win the Premier League if a few breaks go their way on Sunday. The following Saturday, Liverpool have the chance to win the Champions League for the second time in four years when they face Real Madrid in a rematch of the 2018 UCL final.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly the front runners to sign Liverpool winger Sadio Mane if he does not sign a new deal with the club 🔴https://t.co/dSel8ATGJm
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) May 19, 2022
Needless to say, Salah has been heavily involved in all of Liverpool’s exploits. Salah leads the Premier League in both goals (22) and assists (13), which is no small feat considering the English top-flight is widely regarded as the most competitive league on the planet. Liverpool’s No. 11 has a total of 30 goals with 15 assists in all competitions.
Additionally, he led Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they ultimately fell at the hands of Sadio Mane and Senegal. Salah scored twice more with another assist at AFCON, for good measure. At this point, Salah’s Ballon d’Or odds may hinge entirely on whether Liverpool can complete the elusive quadruple.
If he plays a big role and helps to deliver two more trophies, the pendulum could swing in Salah’s direction. The fact that Liverpool will have to beat Benzema’s Real Madrid in order to win the Champions League does give Salah some hope here despite the fairly long +700 odds. Benzema has been more productive than Salah this season, but there is still hope for Liverpool’s winger.
Kevin de Bruyne (+800)
Benzema and Salah are worthy favorites, but it’s hard to believe Kevin de Bruyne has never won the Ballon d’Or Award. The Belgian midfielder is regarded by many as the most influential footballer in the world right now. All he’s done since arriving at the Etihad is help lead Man City to three Premier League titles, five League Cups, and an FA Cup victory.
If City are able to beat Aston Villa on Sunday, de Bruyne will be a Premier League champion for the fourth time. His numbers aren’t as sexy, which is probably why he faces fairly long +800 Ballon d’Or odds. In 48 appearances this term for City in all competitions, KDB has 20 goals with 12 assists. That includes 15 strikes and seven helpers in Premier League play. De Bruyne scored four of City’s five goals in a 5-1 demolition of Wolverhampton back on May 11th. Not only has de Bruyne never won Ballon d’Or, but he’s never even been a finalist for the award. Ditto for Salah, amazingly.
Based on the 2o22 Ballon d’Or odds, it sure doesn’t look like this will be de Bruyne’s year, either. It’s hard to justify his lack of global recognition, but it is what it is. Perhaps de Bruyne would have a better chance to win if Manchester City had finally found success in the Champions League, but the team’s collapse against Real in the semis will likely cost him yet again.
Sadio Mane (+1000)
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes this year’s Ballon d’Or should come down to Benzema and Sadio Mane. Mane is often overshadowed at Liverpool, but the Reds’ other star winger has done an awful lot of winning this year, too.
Senegal won AFCON thanks, in large part, to Mane’s outstanding play. Mane scored three goals and supplied two assists in seven games in the competition. Combine that with his 20 goals and two assists in the Premier League and Champions League combined, and you’ve got quite the impressive resume for the 30-year-old. Additionally, Mane helped Senegal get past Salah’s Egypt to clinch a spot in this fall’s World Cup, to boot.
Henry believes this year’s Ballon d’Or race will be decided by the upcoming Champions League final. Benzema will take home the trophy if Real Madrid win it yet again, while Mane will be the choice if Liverpool exact their revenge.
Benzema 🆚 Mane.
Thierry Henry believes the #UCL final is a battle between the two Ballon d’Or favorites. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ZZoZjjAfMd
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 4, 2022
Henry said, “So that will add an extra little spice into it. I still believe that Benzema is ahead, but if Mane wins it with Liverpool and they do make the quadruple, that’s a pretty strong case. And it will be great for Africa, but I’m still going for Benzema.”
Mane does make for a compelling long-shot wager at his +1000 Ballon d’Or odds. Salah’s overall numbers may be slightly better, but Mane does belong among the frontrunners.
Robert Lewandowski (+1600)
Inexplicably, Robert Lewandowski continues to be underrated. All he’s done this season for Bayern Munich is score an incredible 50 goals in all competitions, in addition to four more for Poland in four appearances.
Lewandowski only has six assists on his ledger, but why pass when you can just score all of the goals yourself instead? There isn’t a more dominant striker in world soccer right now, and the 33-year-old is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Lewandowski just won the Bundesliga for the eighth time, though the German giants were eliminated in upset fashion by Villarreal in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Perhaps that early European ouster will ultimately cost Lewandowski in his quest to win Ballon d’Or for the first time. He finished as the runner-up to Messi a season ago, but the current Ballon d’Or odds indicate he’ll be lucky to be named a finalist again this term.
Who Will Win Ballon d’Or?
While Benzema is the clear favorite, and deservingly so, I don’t think the French forward is home free just yet. Real Madrid’s upcoming Champions League final clash against Liverpool may well decide which player goes on to win the coveted prize later this year.
If Liverpool are able to win Europe’s premier club competition, I think both Salah (+700) and Mane (+1000) will gain serious steam in this race. It may depend on which player has the better game, in fact. Both players will also see their stock improve if Liverpool shock the world and steal the Premier League crown from Man City this weekend.
If you want safety, there is still room for some upside in betting on Benzema’s -225 Ballon d’Or odds. If you want more profit potential, however, I do think both Salah (+700) and Mane (+1000) are worthwhile dart throws. If Liverpool make the impossible dream a reality, it will be hard to deny either player’s claim to the trophy.
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