Real Madrid Star’s Odds Crash To Scoop Ballon d'Or
The World Cup winning centre-back is believed to be in second place at the half way stage of the voting
Raphael Varane's odds have been dramatically slashed this month for the Ballon d'Or from 150/1 into as short as 5/1.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an unbelievable year, winning the Champions League and the World Cup, the two most coveted competitions in World football.
It was leaked just a few days ago that at the half way stage in the voting, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were remarkably not even in the top three.
Luka Modric, Rafa Varane & Kylian Mbappe are believed to be the trio in the lead. They are available at best odds of 4/7, 16/1 and 14/1 respectively.
History does count against the Real Madrid central half, as no defender has even made the podium since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
Punters are siding with the Croatian World Cup hero Modric, the odds-on favourite racking up 36.1% of all bets this month. Ronaldo is a close second with with 31.6%.
If Modric does win the sought-after award he would be the first player aside from Ronaldo and Messi to win the trophy since Kaka in 2007.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: 'In a World Cup year it seems fair that the winner of the Ballon d'Or should have represented the country that won football's biggest prize.
'Varane was successful for both club and country so, whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, that he was ever 150/1 does seem like amazing value.'