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Euros Player of the Tournament Odds: England's Jude Bellingham joint-favourite after Denmark draw

The Euros are well underway and we’ve taken a look at the front-runners for the Player of the Tournament.

Golden Ball odds

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Golden Ball previous winners

Tournament

Player

1996

Matthias Sammer

2000

Zinedine Zidane

2004

Theodoros Zagorakis

2008

Xavi

2012

Andrés Iniesta

2016

Antoine Griezmann

2020

Gianluigi Donnarumma

 

As seen on the above list, the Player of the Tournament award – officially known as the Golden Ball – has been dominated by midfielders, with Matthias Sammer, Zinedine Zidane, Theodoros Zagorakis, Xavi and Andres Iniesta at the heart of their teams.

It’s also worth noting that all bar Zagorakis were amongst the world’s best players at the time: Sammer won the Ballon d’Or in 1996, Zidane came second in 2000 (and was a former winner), Xavi came fifth in 2008 (and third for the next three years), and Iniesta came third in 2012.

Griezmann was sensational in 2016, with six goals in the tournament, harshly denied a winners’ medal with Portugal recording an upset win in the final, while Italy conceded just three goals en route to the final, winning the semi-finals and final on penalties as Gianluigi Donnarumma took the prize.

The only player to have won the Golden Ball and not won a winners’ medal was Griezmann, when France were by far and away the best team of the tournament, so it’s worth looking at the top of the outright market for potential contenders.

Arguably the best player in the world, it’s no huge surprise to see Kylian Mbappe at the summit of the top of the market. He’ll likely be denied the Ballon d’Or on the back of PSG’s failure in the Champions League, but a good run for France in the summer and he’s sure to be amongst the contenders for Golden Ball at the Euros.

A shrewd alternative for France could come in the form of Antoine Griezmann, who was sensational at the 2022 World Cup, playing in a much deeper role than we saw in France eight years ago. The Atletico man failed to find the net in Qatar, but did lay on three assists and could be in line for a second Euros Golden Ball.

Jude Bellingham, the current Ballon d’Or joint-favourite, is the current favourite for the Golden Ball. Like Mbappe, if his nation has a strong tournament, Bellingham will have every chance of taking the award.

Since moving to a more advanced role with Real Madrid, Bellingham has taken his game to a new level, and given a similarly creative role for Gareth Southgate’s side, the 20-year-old will be at the heart of England’s attacking output - underlined by his performance in the opening win over Serbia, though the underwhelming showing against Serbia and now in the Denmark game has seen him drift to 8/1.

The primary beneficiary of Bellingham’s creativity should be Harry Kane. While the Golden Boot is likely a more attainable prize, only Griezmann has won both awards in the same tournament, and he scored three more goals than the nearest challenger in order to do that.

While England and France are the clear favourites for the tournaments, Germany’s price has steadily dropped in recent months. With Julian Nagelsmann at the helm after the dismal run of four losses and a draw in five international friendlies, Die Mannschaft may have turned a corner. If the losses in 2023 to Turkey and Austria were disappointing, the wins over France and the Netherlands were reassuring, and with a very generous-looking draw, a win in their home Euros isn’t beyond Germany.

Given the captain’s armband for the 2022 World Cup, Ilkay Gundogan may still have a big part to play in any success Germany have.

21-year-old sensation Florian Wirtz was Germany's shortest priced player on the back of a sensational season with Bayer Leverkusen until the retirement announcement of Toni Kroos which saw the legendary Real Madrid star's price come in significantly.

But after netting two goals in as many games for the hosts, Jamal Musiala is shining the most on the European stage and is into 8/1 for the Golden Ball.

You can see the latest Euros winner odds on our Euros betting hubs.

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