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Golden Ball Odds: 19-Year-Old Wonderkid Most Bet To Be World Cup's Best Player

The Golden Ball is awarded to the best player at every World Cup. This year, the most-backed player at the 2022 World Cup is a 19-year-old wonderkid with +6600 odds. Should you be backing this player? Let's take a look
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Golden Ball Odds: 19-Year-Old Wonderkid Most Bet To Be World Cup's Best Player

When it comes to The Golden Ball and Golden Ball odds at this year's World Cup, there are some names you expect to hear in the running. You expect to hear Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema and more. But, it's a 19-year-old Spaniard that is the most popular pick among bettors.

Every World Cup, the Golden Ball is presented to the "best" player in the tournament. Last World Cup in 2018 in Russia, it was Croatia's Luka Modric who won the award. In 2014, it was Lionel Messi. Before that, it was Diego Forlan. These are well-established names that were awarded the best player in the World Cup.

However, this year's pick among bettors is none other than Pedri, the Barcelona Central Midfielder.

For the casual fan, Pedri may not be a familiar name. But, those that watch soccer all year round, know the wonderkid and the potential he has to breakout in this 2022 World Cup. Still, his Golden Ball odds are quite long, making it even more shocking to see.

So, should you be backing Pedri's Golden Ball odds? Let's find out.

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Golden Ball Odds and Betting

PlayerGolden Ball OddsPublic Betting %
Lionel Messi+80019%
Vinicius Junior.+200011%
Christian Eriksen+65006%

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Pedri, despite his +6600 Golden Ball odds, is the most-backed pick by public bettors to win the award at the 2022 World Cup.

At +6600, Pedri's implied probability of winning the award, according to sportsbooks, is 1.5%, but he's been backed by an incredible 27% of bettors leading up to Sunday's first match in Qatar.

Right behind Pedri is the favorite, Lionel Messi. Messi's Golden Ball odds are +800, but he's backed by 19% of bettors. Neymar, whose Golden Ball odds sit at +1100 has been backed by 15% of all bettors.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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