To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK

Football Expert Predicts Player Who Will Take Over From Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo In Ballon d'Or 'Conversation'

Adnan Riaz

Published 
| Last updated 

Football Expert Predicts Player Who Will Take Over From Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo In Ballon d'Or 'Conversation'

Chelsea star Kai Havertz has been tipped as a future Ballon d'Or winner after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are "finished battling" over the award.

That is according to football expert Dean Jones, who has made a bold prediction that Havertz will "stay at this level" over the next 10 years.

Loading…

Messi and Ronaldo dominated the Ballon d'Or award from 2008 until Luka Modric's win in 2018.

Ronaldo was tied with Messi for most Ballon d'Or wins until the Barcelona captain won his record-breaking sixth award in 2019.

France Football cancelled the 2020 edition of the Ballon d'Or due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with Robert Lewandowski tipped as the favourite to win the award at the time.

Messi is now the strong favourite to win an unprecedented seventh Ballon d'Or in 2021 after Argentina's Copa America triumph over Brazil this summer.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Now, Jones believes that Havertz will "come into the conversation for a Ballon d'Or" after Messi and Ronaldo's dominance comes to an end.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a stunning summer move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.

However, Jones argued that Havertz is a "totally, totally different footballer" to Chelsea target Lukaku.

The transfer insider rated the "brilliant" combination between Havertz and Germany teammate Timo Werner at Chelsea.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Jones told The Football Terrace: "[Kai] Havertz is a totally, totally different footballer to [Romelu] Lukaku and he is a great option, and I think that the Werner-Havertz combination is something brilliant for Chelsea.

"I personally think Havertz will come into the conversation for a Ballon d'Or once Messi and Ronaldo are finished battling for it.

"Over the next 10 years, I think you will see him stay at this level, but Havertz is nothing like Lukaku and I think he would only complement Lukaku with the way that he plays."

Havertz, 22, arrived at Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in September 2020 in a deal worth around £71m.

The Germany international initially struggled early in his career at the Blues, but he went on to score the winner in the Champions League final against Manchester City.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Chelsea, Football, Lionel Messi, France Football, Premier League, England, Ballon d'Or, Kai Havertz, Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

Fans are all saying the same thing about Gareth Southgate's 'criminal' decision for England's World Cup clash vs Senegal

an hour ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Kylian Mbappe breaks World Cup record with superb finish, to send France into the last eight

3 hours ago