The 2024 Ballon d’Or will surely be an interesting race among the young talented players who are creating history for themselves away from the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both the Portuguese record breaker and the Argentine World Cup winner dominated Europe for years.
Messi had eight Ballon d’Or, while Ronaldo had five, that was a combined thirteen years of total domination. However, the 2024 Ballon d’Or would give opportunity to new youngsters to have a chance as both football legends now play out of Europe towards the end of their glorious careers.
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe were the second and third players in 2023 and Jude Bellingham who has been on fire since he joined Real Madrid will have a better chance to claim the most prestigious award.
Potential 2024 Ballon d’Or Winner
Here’s the ranking of the potential winner, according to Mancityreport writer.
- Bernardo Silva – (Manchester City)
Silva will have a chance to be among the contenders for the 2024 Ballon d’Or if he continues his excellent contribution to Pep Guardiola’s side. The Portuguese over the years has become a very important figure at the Etihad, had a great 2023 campaign, and would likely continue in 2024.
9 Lautaro Martinez (Inter)
The Argentine is undoubtedly one of the greatest Strikes at present and his form recently has made him one of the footballers to watch out for in 2024. He will be very important for Inter Milan and the Argentina national team at the forthcoming Copa America.
- Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
The 2024 Ballon d’Or ranking might include the Atletico Madrid player as he continues to surprise football fans with regular incredible performances.
After having a difficult season at Barcelona, the France International has regained his form and confidence under Diego Simeone. He will surely be among the players to watch out for in 2024.
- Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
The Manchester City strike that now plays behind Erling Haaland his competitor for the number nine role has what it takes to be among the contenders for the 2024 Ballon d’Or. Regular football would be his only obstacle, he might lose his place in the starting eleven with the return of Kevin De Bruyne.
- Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
The Liverpool superstar has returned to his fine form, dominating every opponent every matchday in the Premier League. Salah is rated as one of the most unpredictable players on the pitch and he would deserve to be among the contenders if he keeps producing great performance in 2024.
- Rodri (Manchester City)
Rodrigo Hernandez seems not to be getting the recognition he deserves. His importance in Pep Guardiola’s setup seems to be underrated.
He has done incredibly well in all the competitions he took part in so far in 2023. Therefore, if he keeps doing the same in 2024, his chance to be among the contenders for the 2024 Ballon d’Or will increase.
- Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
The PSG talisman is a regular player in the top 10 of the Ballon d’Or award since 2017. He might however have the chance to lay his hand on the award in 2024 because of his football talent and how he utilises it every single game.
- Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
The Manchester City forward had an incredible 2023 as he finished behind Lionel Messi after the vote. He has a bright future ahead of him and 2024 will be one of the years he will likely try his luck to win the award.
- Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)
Undoubtedly, the Englishman would go down as one of the greatest strikers ever to play the game of football. His decision to finally leave Tottenham Hotspur to join Bayern Munich could pay off in the 2024 Ballon d’Or ranking.
Kane could finally win the award if he adds many trophies to the load of goals he has scored and those that he would score.
1 Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
Bellingham is the man of the moment and might become the 2024 Ballon d’Or winner without any strong competitor if he continues his incredible form.
The Real Madrid midfielder could be mistaken as the perfect replacement for Kareem Benzema, a legendary strike. Like Benzema, Bellingham continues to be the main goal scorer for the team and sits at the top among the highest goal scorers in La Liga.