Can Euro 2024 winner Rodri win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid pair?

Jason Soutar
Rodri is Euro 2024 best player
Rodri is Euro 2024 best player

The Champions League outcome left Vinicius Jnr and Jude Bellingham as clear Ballon d’Or favourites, but Rodri might want a word…


10) Lamine Yamal
The Euro 2024 young player of the tournament and a truly phenomenal teenage talent. He will win Ballon d’Ors, but surely not this year.


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. And Kane will not end that drought. Nor quench his own thirst for a trophy any time soon.


7) Phil Foden
A truly wonderful player who had the season of his life at Manchester City but realistically he needed to win Euro 2024 with England.


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. He’s now added Euro 2024 to La Liga and Champions League so he should certainly be in the conversation. But a full-back? Winning the Ballon d’Or?


3) Rodri
The heart of the Euro 2024 champions Spain (and player of the tournament), but will 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 first season with Real Madrid reaped a Champions League/La Liga double but he failed at the final hurdle with England.


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.