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Vinicius Junior favored to win 2024 Ballon d’Or over Jude Bellingham

Vinicius Jr. has been backed to win the 2024 Ballon d’Or ahead of Jude Bellingham despite having a stellar debut season with Real Madrid.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Real Madrid fans are basking in the joy of witnessing both Vinicius and Bellingham excel, each making a strong case for the coveted individual award. While Bellingham had a stellar first half of the 2023-24 campaign, his performances have tempered down a bit in 2024, when compared to the Brazilian.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Vinicius has been the standout performer in the UEFA Champions League, while Bellingham was decisive in both El Clásicos this season. However, the Brazilian’s electrifying performances in both legs of the semi-final against Bayern Munich were nothing short of spectacular which gives him the edge.

Moreover, Vinicius’ journey this season has been remarkable, particularly considering his return from a serious ACL injury that sidelined him for the majority of the campaign. Since his comeback, he has quickly regained form, delivering match-winning performances in key fixtures which puts him ahead of the English midfielder in the Ballon d’Or race, according to former Real Madrid player Julio Baptista.

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