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  • Karim Benzema is the heavy favorite to win this year’s award
  • Track each player’s odds movement during the year

We are tracking the odds for each player contending to take home the 2022 Ballon d’Or award.

The graphs below are generated by averaging the odds from multiple sources and will be updated throughout the year.

Ballon d’Or Top Contenders

  • [5/18/22] It’s Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema who has emerged throughout 2022 as the leading favorite to win the Ballon d’Or, now at -225 odds. Second in line is Liverpool Mohamed Salah at +700. The two will go head-to-head in the Champions League Final later this month
  • [2/4/22] Opening Ballon d’Or odds favored Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski at +500 odds. Closely following the top two is 2021 winner Lionel Messi of PSG at +600 odds

2022 Ballon d’Or Top Contender Odds

Player Odds
Karim Benzema -225
Mohamed Salah +700
Kevin de Bruyne +800
Sadio Mane +1000
Robert Lewandowski +1600
Kylian Mbappe +1600
Lionel Messi +2500
Neymar +2500
Harry Kane +3500
Cristiano Ronaldo +3500

Odds as of May 18


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The 2021 finalists were Lionel Messi (PSG, Argentina) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland). Messi won the final points margin by a 613-580 count to win his seventh Ballon d’Or. He’s now won each of the past two awards in 2021 and 2019. No trophy was awarded in 2020 because of the coronavirus.

Recent Ballon d’Or Winners

Year Player
2021 Lionel Messi
2020 Not Awarded
2019 Lionel Messi
2018 Luka Modric
2017 Cristiano Ronaldo
2016 Cristiano Ronaldo
2015 Lionel Messi
2014 Cristiano Ronaldo
2013 Cristiano Ronaldo
2012 Lionel Messi
2011 Lionel Messi
2010 Lionel Messi
2009 Lionel Messi
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo

The Ballon d’Or has been dominated by just a few names of late. Of the last 13 winners, only three players have won the award. And 12 of those 13 have been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

The only player to break up their dominance was Luka Modric in 2018.

Most Ballon d’Or Awards

Player Number of Awards
Lionel Messi 7
Cristiano Ronaldo 5
Marco van Basten 3
Michel Platini 3
Johan Cruyff 3

With Messi winning each of the past two Ballon d’Ors, he now has a two-win lead over Ronaldo at 7-5 when it comes to the most-ever Ballon d’Or wins. No one else has ever won more than three.

Archived Trackers: 2021, 20202019

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Ryan is SBD's resident soccer pro, though his repertoire is by no means limited to a single sport. His articles have been published by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Kitchener Rangers, and outlets like SportsXpress and Shredthespread.com