The race for the Golden Ball in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is becoming a one-sided affair. Check out below to see who has the best chance of winning.
Lionel Messi to win the Golden Ball @-500
Critics say that this is singlehandedly the best individual performance in a World Cup campaign. Lionel Messi’s remarkable talent is shining brighter than ever at the age of 35. He’s the team captain and the focal point of attack. He’s the main reason why Argentina are even at the World Cup this year and he’s the one carrying his team to the final. Messi is also the frontrunner in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Golden Boot race.
The match at Lusail is most likely going to be just a formality as Kylian Mbappe will need the performance of a lifetime to poach the Golden Ball from Lionel Messi. Both of them have five goals but Lionel Messi has two assists while Mbappe has only one.
Lionel Messi is a player who’s above statistics. The way he plays, the chances he creates, the gentle touch on the ball – everything about him screams “Golden Ball winner”.
Kylian Mbappe to win the Golden Ball @+450
As we said above, Kylian Mbappe will have to bring his A-game for the match versus Argentina at Lusail on Sunday. He did well at the World Cup this year but his opponent was just sensational. Perhaps a remarkable performance by Kylian Mbappe might give him a chance of winning the Golden Ball but he’ll need to do something very special to convince the soccer experts.
As good as Kylian Mbappe was in the games against Denmark, Australia, and Poland, he was somewhat nullified by Morocco, England, and Tunisia. And you don’t win a Golden Ball in a World Cup if you are nowhere to be seen in half of the games. Only a once-in-a-lifetime performance will be sufficient for Kylian Mbappe to win the Golden Ball this year.
A predetermined Golden Ball race is about to end
Considered somewhat of a soccer fossil, Lionel Messi enjoys being underestimated. He keeps on proving experts wrong and even at the age of 35, he’s the most dangerous man in soccer.
The last person to realize that was Josko Gvardiol in the semi-final match a couple of days ago. He’s a 20-year-old defender who caught Pep Guardiola’s interest and Manchester City are probably going to make a bid for this player. Yet, Lionel Messi completely destroyed him on multiple occasions with a few swift moves.
Furthermore, Lionel Messi already has one World Cup Golden Ball so it wouldn’t be unprecedented for him to grab another.
Kylian Mbappe is his only true rival for this trophy but even his chances of succeeding seem slim. The match on Sunday is going to be Lionel Messi’s last dance with Argentina at the World Cups and we’re convinced that he’ll provide us with a night to remember. Antoine Griezmann said in an interview that this Argentina side is far more dangerous than the one France faced in the past and that Lionel Messi’s form is outrageously good. And these words are coming from the player who’s the 3rd-most likely to win the Golden Ball!