The Ballon d’Or stands as the pinnacle of individual accomplishment in football, annually crowning the world’s best player. Traditionally dominated by luminaries like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2024 race promises an intriguing shift as new talents emerge. Here’s a look at five players with strong prospects for claiming this esteemed accolade:


Jude Bellingham – Real Madrid’s Rising Star
Since joining Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham, at 20, has dazzled in a more attacking midfield role, topping La Liga’s scoring charts and impressing in the Champions League. With Real poised for success and the European Championship looming, Bellingham could be a frontrunner if his form persists.


Harry Kane – Record-Breaking Performer
Despite Bayern Munich’s struggles, Harry Kane has been setting records in Germany, leading the Champions League scoring and dominating the European Golden Boot race. A successful stint as England’s captain in the upcoming European Championship could bolster his Ballon d’Or candidacy.

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Kylian Mbappe – PSG’s Prodigy Eyeing Glory
At 25, Kylian Mbappe sees a prime opportunity to secure his first Ballon d’Or, especially with Messi’s absence and his impending departure from PSG. Leading PSG to Champions League victory and excelling in the European Championship could solidify his claim.

Phil Foden – Manchester City’s Emerging Talent
Phil Foden’s meteoric rise at Manchester City has been remarkable, crucial in the team’s pursuit of another treble. With notable contributions across competitions and a promising summer with England, Foden positions himself as a contender for the Ballon d’Or.

Rodri – Manchester City’s Backbone
Rodri’s influence in City’s midfield is undeniable, showcasing tactical acumen and defensive prowess while contributing offensively. Maintaining an unbeaten streak in 65 matches underscores his importance. As City dominates, Rodri emerges as a rare defensive midfielder in Ballon d’Or contention.

Honorable Mention: Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann merits recognition for consistent high-level performances in the Champions League and pivotal role in France’s international campaigns, making him a dark horse.

The 2024 Ballon d’Or race promises excitement and unpredictability as these players vie for football’s most coveted prize. Who will ultimately seize the trophy? It’s a thrilling question that awaits an answer.