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Real Madrid superstar duo in tight race for Ballon d’Or

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The Ballon d’Or 2024 is going to be a significant one in the context of football.

For the first time in quite a while, neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo are favourites to win the prestigious trophy, which marks a significant turning point for world football.

Although two Real Madrid players – Karim Benzema and Luka Modric – have won the Ballon d’Or over the past six years, they did so while Messi and Ronaldo still being a contender for the trophy.

But as we approach the next Ballon d’Or award ceremony, neither of these two players are top contenders. This shift marks a significant turning point, ushering in a new era in the sport.

Close fight between Bellingham and Vinicius

In fact, a recent report from AS (h/t Madrid Zone) suggests the upcoming Ballon d’Or award could witness a close fight between two Real Madrid players Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior.

It appears these two players are the only real candidates to win the prestigious trophy, as both are coming on the back of Champions League triumph.

Can Bellingham pip Vinicius for the Ballon d’Or title? (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

For a while, Kylian Mbappe was regarded as the favourite to win the trophy. But the PSG’s early exit from the Champions League coupled with France’s elimination in Euro 2024 does not help his cause.

This led many to believe Vinicius could emerge as the frontrunner in the Ballon d’Or. But it appears the Brazilian is set to face strong competition from Bellingham.

The Englishman has recently led the Three Lions to the Euro 2024 final and could be in contention to win the tournament, which could significantly boost his prospects.

Vinicius, meanwhile, was not able to make any impact in Copa America as Brazil were knocked out early.

All eyes, therefore, will be on the upcoming Euro 2024 final, knowing England’s potential win could significantly impact Bellingham’s fate.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph

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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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