Bet Advisors Guide to Betting – Balon d’Or 2016 Special
Lionel Messi has just been crowned World footballer of the year for a record fifth time. With the European Championships to come this summer at the termination of the league action , the betting exchanges are already looking ahead to who could be the closest challengers to the little Argentinian’s crown in 2016.
TOP THREE OF 2015 STILL FAVOURITES FOR THE PODIUM IN 2016
Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar – This is how the 2015 World footballer of the year award looked after the ceremony in Zurich on Monday evening. It won’t surprise many people to know that the same three protagonists already head the list for the 2016 award, with many observers tipping Brazilian superstar Neymar to pip his colleague to the post next time around. Sandwiched in between the two Barcelona men is Cristiano Ronaldo, whose current uncertainty as to which team he will be playing for next season could have a huge bearing on whether he can win the award for a second time.
THE BEST OF THE REST
Barcelona and Real Madrid players dominate the names in the chasing pack with Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and Welsh wizard Gareth Bale the pick of the bunch on the best football betting sites. Anders Iniesta and James Rodriguez are certainly on most pundits’ shortlist as is Bayern Munich frontman Thomas Muller, who splits the Spanish dominance at the top of the list. The Premier League has two representatives in the upper echelons, in the shape of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard (although the Belgian will have to improve dramatically on his poor start to the season).
THE CHASING PACK
Following the names already listed, are a host of players who are currently having great seasons at their respective clubs. Paul Pogba is maturing at Juventus into one of the world’s best midfielders and Harry Kane of Spurs could have a big year for both club and country. Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez will hope to inspire his club to their first title in 12 years and who would dare leave out Bayern Munich hot-shot Robert Lewadowski, who is breaking scoring records for fun this season in Bavaria.
SLIPPING UNDER THE RADAR
There are many other names who could have a big 12 months ahead of them and who could make a late charge before the nominations are announced at the end of the year. Players such as Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva of Manchester City, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid, could all use the European Championships in France in the summer to ensure that they too are in the hunt for personal glory next December.Guide to Betting – Anthony
De Bruyne 126.00
*odds courtesy of Paddy Power
Steve Mitchell (@barafundler)