Phil Foden solely sixth favorite for Ballon d’Or – with England pair forward of him

Phil Foden is in with a good probability of successful the 2024 Ballon d’Or – however he’ll need to leapfrog 5 others to clinch the crown.

The Manchester City ace, 23, is within the type of his life in the mean time along with his hat-trick in opposition to Aston Villa on Wednesday (April 3) taking his objective tally for the season to 21 – a profession finest. According to to Betfair, Foden is now sixth-favourite to win soccer’s largest and most prestigious particular person gong, although there are two England gamers and one different City participant with higher odds than him in the mean time.

Jude Bellingham is the present favorite, with odds of 10/3, and given his kind since signing for Real Madrid in the summertime (20 objectives in 32 video games) it is little shock. PSG ahead Kylian Mbappe is second favorite at 7/2, whereas Harry Kane is third favorite at 4/1 after blasting objectives galore for Bayern Munich this season.

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Erling Haaland is fourth on the checklist with odds of 5/1 whereas final yr’s winner Lionel Messi is fifth at 9/1. Foden is subsequent at 11/1, with final evening’s efficiency in opposition to Villa shifting him forward of club-mate Rodri (12/1). Elsewhere, Kevin De Bruyne (16/1), Vinicius Jr. (25/1) and Cristiano Ronaldo (33/1) make up the highest 10.

The likes of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Julian Alvarez and Bernardo Silva are the opposite Premier League stars at present within the high 20, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Jamal Musiala and Robert Lewandowski.

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Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham
Phil Foden or Jude Bellingham might change into the primary Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or since 2001 this yr

It’s been 16 years since a footballer enjoying within the Premier League gained the Ballon d’Or (Ronaldo in 2008), and 23 years since an Englishman achieved the feat (Michael Owen in 2001). Though from the seems to be of issues there is a sturdy probability one or each might occur in 2024.

The award will not be handed out till October, however voters are more likely to be swayed by the end to the present season, in addition to by the outcomes of Euro 2024. In spite of their poor performances in opposition to Brazil and Belgium final month, England are one of many favourites to elevate the trophy out in Germany and victory there might assist the likes of Foden, Bellingham or Kane bag the illustrious golden ball.

messi with the ballon d'or trophy
Lionel Messi is the present holder of the Ballon d’Or

Could Phil Foden get his palms on the trophy this yr although?

This season’s Champions League run-in can also be more likely to impact voting. Man City are favourites to retain the trophy however the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, PSG and Bayern Munich are nonetheless firmly within the working.

In the final decade, only one participant has gained the Ballon d’Or with out successful both the Champions League or a serious worldwide trophy just a few months prior – with Messi reaching the feat in 2019.