David De Gea Is A Tempting Long Shot For The World Cup Golden Ball Award

It is no surprise to see that the leading names in world football head the betting to win the Golden Ball (player of the tournament) award at this summer's World Cup but we prefer to look for a bit of value in the Golden Ball betting odds and we've picked out a couple of big-priced picks...

Thursday 14th June - 4.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
  World Cup Ante-Post Golden Ball    
Tips Toni Kroos    Best Bet @ 66 / 1  
David de Gea @ 80 / 1  

The Favourites In The Golden Ball Betting

The 2014 Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi is a 17/2 favourite for the award this year and he will again carry the hopes of Argentina. In fact, many of the leading fancies for the 'Player Of The Tournament' accolade will feel the heavy weight of expectation on their shoulders as Neymar is available at 8/1.

It bodes well for Neymar that there have been seven Brazilian winners of the Golden Ball at World Cups previously and most people will be expecting Brazil to do well in Russia this summer.

However, it is worth noting that the Golden Ball winner hasn't been part of the World Cup winning side since Romario in 1994.

With that in mind, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is available at 16/1 but he has a poor record in matches at the World Cup Finals, while Euro 2016 top scorer Antoine Griezmann has scored just six goals in 16 appearances for France in the past two years.

The Golden Ball Betting Tips

This is such a difficult market to call but there could be value to be found and Toni Kroos is a very tempting bet at 66/1 with Bet Victor. Kroos is the unheralded engine in the German side and he was one of 10 nominees for the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup. The German midfielder is arguably an even better player now as he moved to Real Madrid off the back of his exploits with Bayern Munich and the national team four years ago, with Kroos set to shine in Russia.
Tip #1: Toni Kroos to win Golden Ball @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.

Oliver Khan was the last German winner of the Golden Ball in 2002 and the shot-stopper has given hope to goalkeepers that they could win the award. Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world currently, Manuel Neuer, is still feeling his way back to full fitness, which means the door could be open for Spain's David De Gea to show off his undoubted credentials.

De Gea was a brick wall for Manchester United in the Premier League last season, winning the Golden Glove with 18 clean sheets in the English top-flight, and he will be an integral part of a strong, well-organised Spain team that should do very well in Russia this summer. William Hill go 80/1 for De Gea to win the Golden Ball - a long shot admittedly, but a cheeky ante-post wager at this stage.
Tip #2: David De Gea to win Golden Ball @ 80/1 with William Hill.

2018 World Cup Golden Ball Odds

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10/11 4/5 4/5 4/5 - 8/11 10/11 10/11
2 9/4 2 2 9/4 9/4 9/4 2
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9
14 16 16 16 20 20 16 12
20 20 20 20 25 20 20 16
33 25 33 33 40 33 33 25
- 50 33 33 50 50 - -
40 50 40 40 66 50 50 33
- - - - 66 - - -
- 80 66 66 100 100 100 80
- 100 66 66 150 150 100 66
- - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 150
- - - - 500 - - -

*Odds correct as of 12th Jul, 10:23. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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