The most important European football personal award, the 2019 Ballon D’Or will be assigned on Thursday by UEFA. Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk is heading into the ceremony as the top favourite by bookmakers. To find other best betting tips check our dedicated section.
2019 Ballon D’Or Betting Tips
As you would expect the 29-year-old defender will have the competition of usual protagonists like Messi and Ronaldo. Both those two top players are looking to secure the sixth Ballon D’Or. Van Dijk has lead Liverpool winning their sixth UEFA Champions League title in May and has also played fantastically well in the Premier League.
The last time a defender won the Ballon D’Or was back in 2006 as it was assigned to Italian World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro. In the last decade the prize has been dominated by the duo Messi-Ronaldo but in 2019 things might just about to change. Virgil van Dijk contribution to Liverpool’s cause has been immense. It is, therefore, not surprising to see that he is the 8/15 favourite with Paddy Power to secure the crown on Thursday.
Top Betting Offers To Take Advantage Of In the 2019 Ballon D’Or Market
With van Dijk Liverpool have been able not only to win the Champions League but have also ran Manchester City very close in the Premier League. He has a fantastic capability of overpowering strikers and if we look at his statistics we can see why he is about to win the Ballon D’Or 2019.
The Netherlands International has played 50 games for Liverpool and won 303 of the 411 duel. He has also won 112 aerial challenges out of 308. In 49 consecutive Premier League matches, he was not dribbled past. All those numbers clearly show his dominance at the core of Liverpool’s defence.
It was Luka Modric last year from Croatia and Real Madrid that broke the Ronaldo/Messi domination of the Ballon D’Or. Messi won the price last time in 2015 and he is the second favourite at 21/10 with PaddyPower.com to secure the six Ballon D’Or of his career. The Argentine scored 50 goals in 51 matches for Barcelona last season. He has scored a goal every 79 minutes, and it is therefore not surprising to see that he is a credible candidate behind van Dijk.
Cristiano Rolando won the Ballon D’Or back in 2017. Since then he has moved from Real Madrid to Serie A giants Juventus. His goal rate has decreased as he has ‘only’ scored 28 goals in 43 games. This is why he is only 20/1 with Paddy Power to secure the sixth Ballon D’Or.
Moving down in the list we find Sadio Mane and Alison Becker from Liverpool both at 33/1 chance with Paddy Power to land the crown. It is, however, their team-mate van Dijk that is currently topping the Ballon D’Or betting. Tomorrow we will know if the Dutch will close off a fantastic 12 months with this precious recognition.
* (Ad) ‘Please note that some bookmakers odds and brands are advertised in this article’ Odds subject to move.18+, Please Gamble Responsibly