Jude Bellingham Emerges as Top Contender for Ballon d'Or Following England and Real Madrid Star's Goal in El Clasico, Leading to Decrease in Odds

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Jude Bellingham's remarkable performance in El Clasico has positioned him as the frontrunner to claim football's most esteemed individual accolade.

The English sensation virtually sealed Real Madrid's 36th LaLiga title with a decisive 91st-minute goal against fierce rivals Barcelona on Sunday.

With Los Blancos now holding an 11-point lead over their Catalan adversaries and only six games remaining in the league campaign, Bellingham's contribution has been instrumental in their success.

The 20-year-old, who joined Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering £115 million this summer, has been nothing short of sensational in his debut season in Spain. In 36 appearances across all competitions, he has scored an impressive 21 goals and provided 10 assists.

In addition to his pivotal role in Madrid's league dominance, Bellingham has helped guide Carlo Ancelotti's side to the Champions League semi-finals, where they are set to face Bayern Munich.

Such a remarkable season has catapulted Bellingham to the top of the list of contenders for the Ballon d'Or this year. William Hill has him listed as the favorite at 5/2 odds, positioning him to become the first Englishman to win the prestigious award since Michael Owen in 2001.

He leads a pack of world-class talents, including Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane, who will need to elevate their performances to catch up with Bellingham's outstanding form.

Furthermore, England's long wait for a Ballon d'Or winner could come to an end this year, with Phil Foden also in contention at 7/1 odds.

As the race for the Ballon d'Or heats up, the performances of players in this summer's Euro 2024 tournament could prove decisive. Bellingham, Foden, and Kane are expected to play pivotal roles for Gareth Southgate's England side, while other contenders like Rodri and Mbappe will represent their respective countries.

With many contenders likely to secure major club trophies this season, the outcome of the Ballon d'Or may hinge on performances in international competitions.

Despite being in the running, stars like Vinicius Jr and Lionel Messi will need exceptional performances in the Copa America, while Mohamed Salah's chances may have been impacted by Egypt's early exit from Afcon due to injury.

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