To be titled as the best Footballer on the planet is something many fantasise about. However, for an elite few in the sport, it could become a reality. Out of the thirty who are nominated each year, only one can be awarded the Ballon d’Or. 

Since 2008 the award has only been shared between Ronaldo & Messi. Come December 7th, will it mark a decade of dominance from these two or will someone steal the title away from them? Well, if there was a year to do so it would be 2018. Strong candidates such as Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Mo Salah and even England Skip Harry Kane have all been nominated for the award.

At this moment in time, Luka Modric is a strong favourite following his Player Of The Tournament at the World Cup (Golden Ball).

SkyBet is offering Modric to win the Ballon d’Or at 4/7. Meanwhile his former Real Madrid teammate, Ronaldo is at 5/4 to win the title. Football’s most exciting prospect has also earned his way into the shortlist, Kylian Mbappe is 10/1 to win his first Ballon d’Or. 

It may come as a surprise but Messi is 16/1 to win his sixth title. That is the highest odds for Messi to be awarded the Ballon d’Or since he was first nominated in 2007.

The strongest candidate from the Premier League is Liverpool man, Mo Salah. Having won both the Golden Boot & PFA Player Of The Year it is a possibility the Egyptian could be the first-ever African to win the Ballon d’Or.

At 20/1, It will be worth putting a few quid on Salah to win as the returns could be very beneficial.

Of course, there are many other players who have had exceptional seasons who have failed to be mentioned.

However, the step up to being nominated and a chance of winning is huge. Come December we will know who the new holder of the most prestigious individual award in football will be.

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