Ballon d'Or Betting Odds and History Of Winners

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The leading player award in the world is the Ballon d 'Or. The annual award voted for by journalists, captains, and coaches celebrates the best players in that year. Bookmakers always offer Ballon d'Or betting odds on which superstar will win the award, but there is often variance between bookies on who they have as the leading contender.

Ballon d'Or Betting Odds and History Of Winners

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Ballon d'Or 2022

  • New criteria changes instigated by France Football may well affect future results.
  • The Ballon d'Or awards ceremony took place on Monday, October 17th 2022. 
  • Karim Benzema's spectacular goals catapulted him to the head of the market with all of the best betting sites, and he duly won the Ballon d'Or.

Ballon d'Or 2022

2022 ResultPlayer Club & Country 
WinnerKarim BenzemaReal Madrid & France
2nd PlaceSadio ManeBayern Munich & Senegal
3rd PlaceKevin De BruyneManchester City & Belgium


List of Ballon d'Or Awards 

As well as the main Ballon d'Or prize that of player of the year there are another 6  awards given out on the night. 

Ballon d'Or Results 2022 Winner Criteria
Ballon d'Or Karim Benzema Male Player of the Year
Ballon d'Or Feminin Alexia Putellas Female Player Of the Year
Club of the Year Manchester City Club Award
Gerd Muller Trophy Robert Lewandowski Goalscorer Award
Kopa Trophy Gavi Under 21 Award
Socrates Award Sadio Mane Social Initative Award
Yashin Trophy Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeping Award
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Ballon d'Or Betting

Betting On The Ballon d'Or Award

As soon as the odds are released we will feature them on this blog.

Betting early in the season can secure you the best odds. 

There is however always a risk of injury or poor form, this will affect your player's chances, you need to weigh up the pros and cons when placing a bet. 

If you do step in early and the player starts excelling the opportunity to hedge your bets on a betting exchange may be possible. 

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Placing a Ballon d'Or Award Bet

Ballon d'Or betting is placing a wager on your own prediction of who will win the award. 

Early Betting Odds

In December 2021 Karim Benzema was 25/1, in the summer of 2022 he was as short as 1/33 to win the Ballon d'Or.

How to bet on The Ballon d'Or Award

There is a simple 5 step process to making a bet on the Ballon d'Or

  • Find an online betting site offering odds and bets on this market
  • Find the player you are most interested in wagering on
  • Make that selection and add them to your bet slip
  • Select the stake you wish to wager
  • Confirm

That's it, you are done, your wager is on, and now all you have to do is wait until the award ceremony to discover the winner  

If you make the right selection, you win, if your prediction is incorrect you will lose the stake you have wagered just as with any normal bet. 

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Ballon d'Or Winners

The annual award is presented by the French magazine France Football. 

  • Only representatives of the top 100 FIFA-ranked countries will be allowed to vote for the Men's award, and only the top 50 FIFA-ranked countries will be allowed to vote for the Women's award. 
  • Voting will now be based on performances across the European football season.
  • Players will be judged on individual performances only. 
  • All players from every corner of the world are eligible for the Ballon d'Or prize. 
  • Every country is represented with 3 votes, one each from the national team manager, the captain and a nominated sports journalist from that country.  
Year Winner Club Nationality
2022 Karim Benzema Real Madrid France
2021 Lionel Messi PSG Argentinian
2019 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentinian
2018 Luka Modric Real Madrid Croatian
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portuguese
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portuguese
2015 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentian
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portuguese
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portuguese
2012 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentian
2011 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentian
2010 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentian
2009 Lionel Messi Barcelona Argentina
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Portugal
2007 Kaka Milan Brazil
2006 Fabio Cannavaro Real Madrid Italy
2005 Ronaldinho Barcelona Brazil
2004 Andriy Shevchenko Milan Ukraine
2003 Pavel Nedvěd Juventus Czechia
2002 Ronaldo Real Madrid Brazil
2001 Michael Owen Liverpool England
2000 Luís Figo Real Madrid Portugal
1999 Rivaldo Barcelona Brazil
1998 Zinedine Zidane Juventus France
1997 Ronaldo Internazionale Brazil
1996 Matthias Sammer Borussia Dortmund Germany
1995 George Weah Milan Liberia
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Barcelona Bulgaria
1993 Roberto Baggio Juventus Italy
1992 Marco van Basten Milan Netherlands
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Marseille France
1990 Lothar Matthäus Internazionale Germany
1989 Marco van Basten Milan Netherlands
1988 Marco van Basten Milan Netherlands
1987 Ruud Gullit Milan Netherlands
1986 Igor Belanov Dynamo Kyiv Soviet Union
1985 Michel Platini Juventus France
1984 Michel Platini Juventus France
1983 Michel Platini Juventus France
1982 Paolo Rossi Juventus Italy
1981 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Bayern Munich West Germany
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Bayern Munich West Germany
1979 Kevin Keegan Hamburg England
1978 Kevin Keegan Hamburg England
1977 Allan Simonsen Borussia M”nchengladbach Denmark
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich West Germany
1975 Oleg Blokhin Dynamo Kyiv Soviet Union
1974 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Netherlands
1973 Johan Cruyff Barcelona Netherlands
1972 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich West Germany
1971 Johan Cruyff Ajax Netherlands
1970 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich West Germany
1969 Gianni Rivera Milan Italy
1968 George Best Manchester United Northern Ireland
1967 Flórián Albert Ferencv rosi TC Hungary
1966 Bobby Charlton Manchester United England
1965 Eusébio Benfica Portugal
1964 Denis Law Manchester United Scotland
1963 Lev Yashin Dynamo Moscow Soviet Union
1962 Josef Masopust Dukla Prague Czechoslovakia
1961 Omar Sívori Juventus Italy
1960 Luis Suárez Barcelona Spain
1959 Alfredo Di Stéfano Real Madrid Spain
1958 Raymond Kopa Real Madrid France
1957 Alfredo Di Stéfano Real Madrid Spain
1956 Stanley Matthews Blackpool England
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As you can see Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the award since 2010 with 6 wins for the genius from Argentina. 

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has 4 wins, only Luka Modric in 2018 has interrupted the winning streak.  

As a matter of fact, for the last 10 years, Messi or Ronaldo have won or featured in the top 3 positions on 9 occasions.

The best betting sites will have Ballon d'Or odds. 

Ballon d'Or Player of the Year - Top 10

2022

Top 10 Player Club
1 Karim Benzema Real Madrid
2 Sadio Mane Liverpool
3 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City
4 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich
5 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
6 Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint Germain
7 Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid
8 Vinícius Junior Real Madrid
9 Luka Modric Real Madrid
10 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund
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2021

Top 10 Player Club
1 Lionel Messi PSG
2 Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich
3 Jorginho Chelsea
4 Karim Benzema Real Madrid
5 N'golo Kante Chelsea
6 Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd
7 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
8 Kevin De Bruyne Man City
9 Kylian Mbappe PSG
10 Gianluigi Donnarumma PSG
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