Messi And Ronaldo Vie For Golden Ball Honours At The 2018 World Cup

The countdown to the 2018 World Cup continues apace as the tournament gets underway on 14 June and the debate about who is the best player in the world will rage during the four weeks of action. Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo v Neymar - who will be named 'Player Of The Tournament' in Russia?

Golden Ball Betting

Lionel Messi walked away with the 'Golden Ball' for the player of the tournament award four years ago as his four goals helped Argentina to the final in Brazil, where they eventually lost to Germany. The Argentine has gone through some highs and lows since then as he returned from international football in June 2016 after the national side lost a fourth major final in the space of two years following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile at the Copa America.

Messi reversed his decision two months later and has scored six goals in eleven appearances for his country since then. The 30-year-old is in electric form this season as he has scored 34 goals in 32 La Liga starts to help Barcelona win the Spanish title and he will be desperate to finally win a major tournament with Argentina this summer. Messi is 8/1 for a second successive Golden Ball with Bet Victor.

Messi v Ronaldo

Messi's great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is 16/1 to be named player of the tournament with Bet 365 and he continues to work his magic for Real Madrid, scoring 25 goals in 26 La Liga starts and 15 in 12 Champions League outings.

The 33-year-old has already landed major honours with Portugal as they won Euro 2016 and he has continued to thrive in the role as his country's talisman, scoring 20 goals in 16 international appearances since July 2016.

Neymar is desperate to write his name into the annuls of football alongside Messi and Ronaldo, and he did score four goals at the 2014 World Cup before injury wrecked his, and Brazil's, tournament.

The 26-year-old should be reaching his peak and he is 8/1 to be named 'Player Of The Tournament' at the 2018 World Cup. Neymar scored 19 goals in 20 Ligue 1 outings to help Paris Saint-Germain win their domestic title and he is reportedly looking to manoeuvre a transfer to Real Madrid - a successful World Cup could go some way to making that deal happen.

2018 World Cup Golden Ball Odds

Posted: Friday, 11th May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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