The FIFA Awards will be named in early January and the odds for the Ballon d'Or have many footy fans fiercely debating. What are the odds for Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta to win?
The biggest award of the evening will undoubtedly be the Ballon d'Or for player of the year. The three candidates are Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta.
Messi is the overwhelming favourite, with odds of 1.15 to win his fourth straight award, which would make him the first to ever do so. Though there was no major international competitions for Argentina, what Messi did this year was nothing short of spectacular, breaking Gerd Muller's record of goals in a calendar and he still has a week to extend that. He also finished as the Champions League leading goal-scorer for the fourth consecutive time and has led Barcelona to a commanding lead in La Liga.
Ronaldo had a solid Euro 2012 campaign when he took Portugal to the semi-final stage, where the team lost to Spain on penalties. He also scored an abundance of goals en route to leading Madrid to the La Liga title, edging out Messi and Co. He has finished in second or first in the voting for the award in four of the last five years and will most likely finish in second to Messi, again. Odds: 6.50. Had Portugal eliminated Spain, it would be a different conversation.
Andres Iniesta is the forgotten man in the conversation because he is not a goal-scoring machine, but he is the stick that stirs the Barcelona and Spanish team drinks. Without him Messi does not break Gerd Muller's record, and Barcelona may not be leading La Liga going into the winter break. He led Spain to its second straight European Championship and its third consecutive major international title; something no other team has ever accomplished. In my books, he is the MVP of world soccer, however, he will most likely be the forgotten man at the podium. Iniesta is paying 11.00 to pull off the upset.
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