Messi 12/5 To Win Next Three FIFA Ballons D'Or
Lionel Messi won his fourth consecutive Ballon D'Or to crown his fantastic 2012 and William Hill offer 12/5 that he wins the next three awards, although he is 7/4 to fail to win next year. There are a diminishing number of people who claim that Messi would not be able to do what he does if he did not play for Barcelona and it looks likely that he will have the chance to prove his detractors wrong, and William Hill are offering odds of 1/4 that he moves clubs from Barcelona at some point during his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo is 13/8 to win the Ballon D'Or at least once in the next five years.
"It could be argued that Cristiano Ronaldo is the second best player to put on a pair of boots but as long as Messi stays fit and healthy, he will always be second favourite for the award," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
Messi's former manager, Pep Guardiola, has remained relatively tight lipped about his future although he claims that he will return to management next season. Bayern Munich appears the likeliest destination at 6/4 with Chelsea and Manchester City both 9/2 second favourites.
Manchester United have emerged from nowhere to become favourites for Frank Lampard's signature. The Chelsea legend is 6/4 for Old Trafford to be his next home although LA Galaxy remain in the hunt at 4/1.
When will Lionel Messi next fail to win the Ballon D'Or: 7/4 2014; 5/2 2015; 9/2 2016; 12/5 win all three of these
Messi to play a game for another professional club after Barcelona: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no
Pep Guardiola next job: 6/4 Bayern Munich; 9/2 Chelsea; 9/2 Manchester City; 10/1 Manchester United; 10/1 Barcelona; 12/1 Arsenal; 33/1 AC Milan; 33/1 Paris Saint Germain; 50/1 Anzhi; 50/1 Inter
Frank Lampard next club: 6/4 Manchester United; 4/1 LA Galaxy; 10/1 Lazio; 12/1 AC Milan; 14/1 Tottenham; 16/1 Houston Dynamo; 16/1 West Ham; 20/1 Anzhi; 20/1 Monaco; 20/1 Inter; 20/1 Juventus; 25/1 Real Madrid; 33/1 Zenit; 33/1 Liverpool; 33/1 Fulham