HARRY KANE, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski are just a few of the leading contenders to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or.
But they all trail a familiar face in the betting market with Lionel Messi the favourite, according to bookmakers Betfair.
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The 34-year-old is available at 2/1 to secure a record-breaking SEVENTH award when the trophy is dished out in December.
Barcelona might have underwhelmed during the 2020-21 campaign – but Messi certainly did not.
The attacking magician registered 33 goals and provided 13 assists in all competitions.
He's also recently broke the record for the most appearances for Argentina in international football in the ongoing Copa America.
He's been directly involved in nine out of the 11 goals Argentina have scored en-route to this weekend's final with Brazil.
Ballon d'Or 2021 winner – Betfair odds
- Lionel Messi – 2/1
- Harry Kane – 9/2
- Kylian Mbappe – 6/1
- Robert Lewandowski – 6/1
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 8/1
- N'Golo Kante – 8/1
- Neymar – 9/1
- Raheem Sterling – 10/1
- Ciro Immobile – 14/1
- Kevin De Bruyne – 16/1
- Lorenzo Insigne – 16/1
- Romelu Lukaku – 25/1
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And if Barcelona can find the funds to renew his contract at the Nou Camp – Messi could be a shoe in for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.
Messi's closest challenger is Tottenham centre-forward Harry Kane at odds of 9/2.
Kane won the Premier League Golden Boot, his third overall, when firing in 23 top-flight goals with a further 14 assists to boot.
The 27-year-old also has England on the cusp of lifting the European Championship title – their first major honour since 1966.
Kylian Mbappe is offered at 6s – although France's early Euro 2020 departure could dampen his chances.
Robert Lewandowski had looked certain to win the 2020 Ballon d'Or award after netting an incredible 55 goals and winning the Champions League title.
But the Ballon d'Or ceremony was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, having set a new Bundesliga single-season goals record last season – he's a 6/1 chance to scoop the top prize.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante are locked together at 8/1 with PSG's Neymar a fraction behind at 9s.
England's in-form Raheem Sterling is available at 10/1 after a terrific Euro 2020 campaign, while Ciro Immobile and Kevin De Bruyne are priced at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
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