The race for the 2024 Ballon d’Or is white

EIn the last few days, A video in which Neymar reveals his candidates for the Ballon d’Or has generated great expectation. Neymar mentioned several Real Madrid players among his favorites, which sparked controversy.

In the video, Neymar ordered his candidates as follows: “Vini Júnior, first; Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham later, tied, and obviously Mbappé enters the fight between those three”. Neymar was not on the wrong track.

Vinicius tops the list


Vinicius Junior stands out on this list, especially after having scored a double against Paraguay in the Copa América and leave some promising numbers in the season with Real Madrid.

Con 24 goals and 11 assists in 39 games, Champions League MVP, League and European Cup championthe Brazilian seems to have consolidated his position as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or.

However, the match played by the Brazilian player against Colombia did not go as expected. Vinicius was missing and saw the yellow card so he will not be able to face Fede Valverde’s Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the Copa América.

This could put the Ballon d’Or in jeopardy.

Bellingham and a Chilean goal

Bellingham goal (1-1) in England 2-1 Slovakia

Another name in the fray is Jude Bellingham, who without shining as he did in the season played with Real Madrid, has left his mark in the Euro Cup after scoring a decisive goal in the 95th minute from a bicycle kick, taking England to extra time against Slovakia and achieving qualification.

Mbappé plays everything


And then there is Kylian Mbappé, the now Real Madrid player who is playing today for a place in the quarterfinals of the Euro Cup against Belgium. An outstanding performance by the French player would boost his fight for the Ballon d’Or.

Kroos, an unprecedented event

Toni Kroos during Euro 2024EFE

Furthermore, we cannot forget Toni Kroos, who, although retired when the Ballon d’Or Gala arrives, could be the winner. With Germany already qualified for the quarterfinals as a hostess, there is a possibility that the Ballon d’Or will be awarded to a retired playerwhich would be an unprecedented and deserved event according to many fans.

Neymar’s announcement has fueled the debate about who will win the prestigious award, and All eyes are on the upcoming matches where they will have to continue proving their worth on the most important stages of world football.


Davide Piano

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