Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 5 Champions Leagues

Ballon d’Or 2018 odds: Mo Salah struggling as Cristiano Ronaldo takes clear advantage

Ballon d’Or odds change after Champions League final

The Champions League was seen as a showdown not only for the biggest team trophy in the football world, but also the individual one.

Mo Salah was tipped by many to break the duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi when it comes to the Ballon d’Or for 2018.

However, as we all now know, Salah played just 30 minutes after picking up a shoulder injury at the hands of Sergio Ramos.

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Sergio Ramos vs Mo Salah

KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool falls and lands on his shoulder after a collision with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid, leading to him going off injured during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Are Mo Salah’s Ballon d’Or hopes now over?

The odds of Salah winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or have now drifted out to 7/4 with the bookies that do provide this market.

With Liverpool having lost in Kiev, Salah’s only real chance of a Ballon d’Or now rests with taking Egypt as far as possible at the World Cup.

Whilst not impossible, Egypt’s main problem is that they will likely face Spain or Portugal if they progress from Group A in Russia.

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Cristiano Ronaldo now EVENS to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or

As it stands, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the early favourite to win another Ballon d’Or at the end of the calendar year.

Ronaldo now has a fifth Champions League trophy to his name and despite not scoring in the final, is considered EVENS by the bookies.

The simple fact that Real Madrid won the title for a third year in a row, puts Ronaldo in pole position.

Were it not a World Cup year, that would be that.

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Gareth Bale scores vs Liverpool

KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale for the 2018 Ballon d’Or?

Champions League final man of the match Gareth Bale is not even listed by bookies in this market, perhaps that will change in the coming days.

Since Bale isn’t going to the World Cup and struggled for first team opportunities at Real Madrid, it will be very tough for the Welsh Express to win the Ballon d’Or.

It might though be worth considering Toni Kroos or Luka Modric – both currently 250/1. If they have awesome World Cups, they could move into pole position. Especially Kroos, who is playing for Germany, one of the favourites.

The World Cup will decide the 2018 Ballon d’Or!

Effectively, the outcome and individual Champions League final performances means, as expected, that the World Cup will decide the Ballon d’Or.

Leo Messi is 3/1 to win it and has the benefit of a Spanish domestic double in his locker.

Whilst if Brazil can win the World Cup with Neymar coming to the fore, 15/1 odds look very attractive.

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