Marca reports that the bookies, who set the odds for sports bookmakers, have made Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery their favorite for soccer’s top individual prize, the Ballon d’Or, which has been won the last four years in a row by Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. The Frenchman’s average odds are 1.90 to take the award, while Messi’s are 2.50. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is third, with odds of 7.00.
While Ribery and Bayern Munich took home a treble of the German Bundesliga, the German Cup, and the UEFA Champions League, Messi and Barca won La Liga with a record-tying 100 points. Ronaldo and Real Madrid did not win any trophies during the 2012/13 season.
Also contributing to Ribery’s odds are the fact that Messi’s year has been blighted by a number of muscular injuries, which began at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain on April 2. After re-injuring his left hamstring against Real Betis on Sunday, the Argentine will close out the year with 42 goals in 2013, less than half of the record-breaking 90 he scored in 2012.