Ballon d’Or 2024: How Mbappe Can Beat Bellingham and Dethrone Messi, According to World Cup Winner

Ballon d’Or 2024: How Mbappe Can Beat Bellingham and Dethrone Messi, According to World Cup Winner

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 24, 2024 at 6:36 AM
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  • Kylian Mbappe is being touted as a potential winner of the 2024 Ballon d'Or Award
  • The PSG superstar will face opposition from Jude Bellingham, who is the favourite
  • A former World Cup winner has explained how Mbappe can bypass the Englishman

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Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Kylian Mbappe, has been tipped to clinch the 2024 Ballon d'Or prize if he meets certain criteria.

The Frenchman has long been regarded as one of the heirs apparent to the GOAT throne of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, alongside Erling Haaland, Vinicius Junior, and a host of burgeoning talents.

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Kylian Mbappe has been backed to edge Jude Bellingham in dethroning Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or prize. Photos by Anadolu, Aurelien Meunier and Christian Liewig - Corbis.
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While he is on track to fulfil these expectations, winning the Ballon d'Or award seems slightly out of reach for now.

Last year, Mbappe finished third behind Messi and Haaland respectively but remains among the top contenders this season, per GOAL.

However, stiff competition will come from Jude Bellingham following his impressive displays for Real Madrid this season.

Both Mbappe and Bellingham would deem the Champions League as their best chance to dethrone Messi, with Los Blancos and PSG both in the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

Can Kylian Mbappe win 2024 Ballon d'Or?

1998 World Cup winner, Marcel Desailly, believes Mbappe could seize the opportunity to attain a life-long aspiration of clinching this year's Ballon d'Or by winning the UCL and performing well at the upcoming Euros.

"If PSG go far in the Champions League, and with the EUROs, apparent this season," the ex-France defender said as quoted by Football Tweet.

As Sports Brief also reported, Mbappe is third in the latest rankings, trailing behind Bayern Munich's Harry Kane and Los Blancos poster boy, Bellingham.

Nonetheless, Desailly is confident that the current French captain will eventually reach the level expected of him.

"No matter how you feel about his state of mind, he will be at the expected level."

Bellingham backed to win Ballon d'Or

Meanwhile, an outstanding performance in El Clasico has greatly enhanced Bellingham's prospects for the Ballon d'Or this year, as previously reported by Sports Brief.

His consistent performances throughout the season, especially in crucial matches like Sunday's La Liga top-liner, position him well to usurp Messi later in the year.

Fans on social media echoed this sentiment, further solidifying Bellingham's standing as a frontrunner for the prestigious accolade as the world's premier star.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.