2024 Ballon d’Or: Dani Carvajal Tips Real Madrid Teammate for Coveted Award

2024 Ballon d’Or: Dani Carvajal Tips Real Madrid Teammate for Coveted Award

Elijah Odetokun
June 12, 2024 at 11:30 AM
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  • Real Madrid stars Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham are the favourites for the 2024 France Football Ballon d'Or award
  • The two players have the 2024 European Championship and Copa America to increase their chances of winning the prize
  • Dani Carvajal has sided with one of his teammates, claiming he has a better chance due to his exploits in the concluded season

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Real Madrid stars Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham are the two leading contenders for the 2024 Ballon d'Or award, and teammate Dani Carvajal appears to have sided with one.

Vinicius and Bellingham were standout players for Madrid after they helped the team win the La Liga title and a record-extending 15th UEFA Champions League title.

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Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham celebrating Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on June 2, 2024. Photo by Pedro Castillo.
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The English midfielder’s exploits came in his first season in the famous white jersey after sealing a dream £88 million move to Spain from Borussia Dortmund. According to Sportskeeda, he had 23 goals and 13 assists.

Carvajal picks 2024 Ballon d'Or winner

Football players and fans are divided on who should win the Golden Ball award between the two top performers of the just-concluded 2023/24 seasons.

Spanish right-back Carvajal, speaking to Marca, appears to tip the Brazilian winger for the award ahead of the England international, and he gave his reason.

“The one I see with the most options is Vini. He was injured for three months, but it has not mattered to him to score many goals and be decisive in the Champions League and the League. He and Jude may be the ones who win,” he said.

The six-time Champions League winner downplayed his chances of winning the award and set a condition that could see him win it ahead of his mates.

“Maybe if I score fifteen goals in the Euro,” he added.

Vini has the 2024 Copa America to boost his chances. He hopes to help Brazil take a step further from the last edition, where they finished runner-up to Argentina when Lionel Messi won his first international trophy.

Ancelotti backs Vinicius to win Ballon d'Or

Sports Brief reported on Carlo Ancelotti backing Vinicius for the Ballon d'Or after the Brazilian scored in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

The Italian manager claimed he has no doubts that the 23-year-old deserves to win the coveted prize. He made no mention of Bellingham as the interviewer did not ask.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.