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England’s Jude Bellingham and France’s Kylian Mbappe compete

Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham look set to battle it out at this year’s Ballon D’or, with both looking to complete a club double ahead of the European Championship.

Bellingham shone in his first season at Real Madrid and quickly became a fan favorite while leading the squad.

The Englishman has scored 20 goals and provided a further nine assists in 34 games in all competitions this season, and with Madrid now in the semi-finals of the Champions League and eight points clear in La Liga, Bellingham could well win two major trophies can win. support his individual performance.

Combine that with the fact that he will be playing for current favorites England in the European Championship, and the stars could make Bellingham become the first Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or since Michael Owen in 2001.

2024 Ballon d’Or winner odds (via Betfair)

  • Kylian Mbappe – 11/4
  • Jude Bellingham – 3/1
  • Harry Kane- 4/1
  • Lionel Messi – 11/1
  • Phil Foden – 11/1
  • Rodri-12/1

Odds correct at 1500 (04/29/24)

Kylian Mbappé is the slight favorite for similar reasons to Bellingham. He is in the semi-finals of the Champions League with PSG Les Parisiens are on their way to another Ligue 1 title.

In all competitions this season, Mbappé has scored 41 goals in just 43 games, so the individual stats are on his side.

The French forward is his country’s talisman and almost carried them to World Cup success in 2022. If he can go one step further at the upcoming European Championship, he has a great chance of winning a first Ballon d’Or.

Harry Kane is the third favorite for the gong after helping Bayern Munich get past Arsenal in the Champions League, meaning he too is in the semi-finals. Domestically, it has been a good individual season for Kane – 32 goals in 29 appearances so far – but Bayern did not win the Bundesliga.

As England’s captain and key player, his case will certainly come in handy if the Three Lions win the European Championship in Germany.

Lionel Messi and Phil Foden follow, although both seem short-lived as the former is now at Inter Miami and out of the big spotlight, and the latter has been eliminated from the Champions League. While Foden can still do a domestic double with Manchester City, being in the same national team as two of the favorites is likely to hurt his chances.

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