The Ballon d'Or is back, so Bookies.com bring you the best out-of-the-box bets
It’s time for the red carpet to be rolled out again, as the Ballon d’Or nominees for 2015 have been cut down to a fascinating final shortlist featuring the world’s best players.
La Liga-based superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared the trophy between them on the past five occasions, and this year looks set to be no exception.
So, with that in mind, Bookies.com looks at the betting without that dangerous duo and present our five picks for who will place a probable third.
At 2/1 with Sky Bet, silky Samba star Neymar could be worth a wager as second favourite in this market, and is much better value for punters than Robert Lewandowski, who is seriously short at evens with the same bookies.
Barcelona’s Brazilian wizard was actually joint-top Champions League scorer last term alongside the aforementioned Messi and Ronaldo, with 10 strikes in Europe.
Having contributed 39 goals to Barca’s treble-winning triumph, including a Champions League final effort, Neymar looks set to take over the mantle of Nou Camp net threat when Messi hangs up his boots, but is already a star in his own right.
BETTING TIP: Neymar in Ballon d’Or betting without Messi and Ronaldo @ 2/1 with Sky Bet.
At a best market 33/1 with BetVictor, Chile and Arsenal sensation Sanchez has taken the Premier League by storm since arriving, and finished last term with 25 goals for the Gunners across all competitions.
Sanchez has made much difference to the Londoners’ mentality, with his mixture of guile, goals and grit making Arsenal serious title contenders again.
With Sanchez in such sensational form, Chile have also benefited, as the versatile attacker inspired his nation to a first Copa America triumph, which is certainly worth a nod of recognition.
BETTING TIP: Alexis Sanchez in Ballon d’Or betting without Messi and Ronaldo @ 33/1 with BetVictor.
Suarez is a little longer (6/1 from 888Sport) than Catalan clubmate Neymar, but has also emphatically proven himself on the biggest stages. A Champions League strike crowned last campaign in which he collected a treble of trophies.
Yet the Uruguayan international can be perhaps curry more favour for his 24 assists last term, illustrating just how unselfishly Suarez has slotted into Barca’s balanced philosophy.
BETTING TIP: Luis Suarez in Ballon d’Or betting without Messi and Ronaldo @ 6/1 with 888Sport.
Always on the cusp of clinching the crown, outsider Ibrahimovic (70/1 with 888Sport) is now 34, but still pulling up trees for PSG. The Swedish superstar became the Parisian’s all-time top scorer this season, and continues to drag his country along with incredible individual goals.
BETTING TIP: Luis Suarez in Ballon d’Or betting without Messi and Ronaldo @ 70/1 with 888Sport.
Net guardian Neuer narrowly missed out last time, but made the final three in last year’s nominations, and could finish behind Ronaldo and Messi again. He’s 100/1 in the regular Ballon d’Or betting with Ladbrokes.
The Germany goalie’s post protecting heroics have continued unabated, encompassing yet another Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, and recent superb Champions League stops against Arsenal could also count in his favour.
BETTING TIP: Manuel Neyer wins Ballon d’Or outright @ 100/1 with Ladbrokes.