There are few sadder sights in football than player’s being stretchered off the pitch with what could be a potential season ending injury.
Unfortunately, the latest high profile casualty is PSG forward Neymar, who until the weekend was second favourite for football’s most prestigious individual award.
Since the horror injury, 27% of bets have been placed on Kevin de Bruyne to win the Ballon D’or after yet another successful weekend for the Belgian.
Neymar didn’t have any luck in comparison, as he was structured off against Marseille on Sunday, making way for a potential upset for the annual award.
The Belgian superstar has arguably the most influential player in the Premier League and the main catalyst for Man City’s success this season.
If City continue to pick up silverware come the end of the season, there’s every chance the midfielder can knock perennial winners Messi and Ronaldo off their perch this time around.
He is currently as short as 6/1 with bookies to scoop the honour, meaning he’s actually more likely to win the Ballon d’Or than stalwart Cristiano Ronaldo.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tottenham striker Harry Kane is around 50/1 to scoop the prestigious individual honour, but is catching punters attention.
He did outscore both Messi and Ronaldo in 2017 to become the top goal scorer in Europe, however, it will probably still take England winning the World Cup for him to be realistically considered.
There’s no surprise that Lionel Messi heads the market at 7/4, with his main competition in the aforementioned Neymar being set back considerably.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “It’s no surprise to see the ever impressive Kevin de Bruyne being backed for the Ballon d’Or, particularly following Neymar’s injury.
“The Belgian has dazzled in the Premier League and in the Champions League this season, with his country potentially in the running for the World Cup in the summer.
“If City do go on to capture the Champions League for the first time, therefore securing the treble, it’ll be difficult to keep de Bruyne out of the conversation of who the best individual player in the world is.”