Who can stop Vinicius Jnr from winning the 2024 Ballon d’Or?

Jason Soutar
Dani Carvajal and Rodri
Dani Carvajal and Rodri

The Champions League outcome left Vinicius Jnr and Jude Bellingham as clear Ballon d’Or favourites, though a couple of Spaniards are putting up a fight.


10) Erling Haaland
A million goals and a Treble with Manchester City were not enough to win the 2023 award. Fat chance this time around then, especially as Norway were absent from the Euros and City failed in the Champions League.

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9) Lionel Messi
Winning the Copa America surely wouldn’t be enough for an Inter Miami player to win the Ballon d’Or.

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8) Harry Kane
No England player has won the Ballon d’Or since Michael Owen in 2001. Who better to end the drought than the best English player of the last decade?


7) Phil Foden
A truly wonderful player who had the season of his life at Manchester City but England winning the European Championship would surely only strengthen Bellingham’s case. Unless of course he scores a hat-trick in the final!


6) Toni Kroos
His retirement news rocketed him up the odds. But Germany probably needed to win Euro 2024 to make this a reality.


5) Kylian Mbappe
Six times he has been in the top 10 but 2023 marked his first time on the podium behind Messi and Haaland. Realistically he needed to win the Euros with France after ultimately failing in the Champions League with PSG. He will definitely have more chance with Real Madrid.


4) Dani Carvajal
“I’m not even thinking about the Ballon d’Or, but it’s clear that I had a good year, including on the offensive level,” said the right-back after scoring a goal in the Champions League final. If he adds Euro 2024 to La Liga and Champions League then he should certainly be in the conversation. But a full-back? Winning the Ballon d’Or?


3) Rodri
If Spain win Euro 2024, would the Premier League and European Championship double be enough? Probably not for a defensive-minded player. The Treble wasn’t enough in 2023, when Rodri was probably the best player in the world.


2) Jude Bellingham
A wonderful start to life in Madrid meant Bellingham was the early frontrunner to win the 2024 Ballon d’Or. A Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2024 with England could yet do the trick, but he was poor v Manchester City and then Bayern Munich and wasn’t the star attraction in the final, either. If we’re being brutal, as we must.

Expect him to regain the tag as favourite if England somehow win Euro 2024; they’re now in the final.


1) Vinicius Junior
Would a Champions League/La Liga double be enough for a player outside the Euros? After his performance against Dortmund then maybe. But winning the Copa America would have made a more compelling case and Brazil failed there.