West Ham's Dimitri Payet has been sensational over the last 12 months
Payet's heroics for his country at Euro 2016 has elevated his reputation even further and now BETVICTOR have made him the 10/1 fourth favourite to win the prestigious award. He is behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the betting. To be mentioned alongside names sch as those is evidence in itself of how highly the 29-year-old former Marseille man is regarded within the game.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has five Ballon d'Or awards to his name
The mercurial West Ham star has been in scintillating form for Les Bleus in their first two group games of the Euros. He has scored two goals and managed an assist in France's two wins that has guaranteed their progression to the knock-out stages.
Payet has played a starring role for France at the euros
Could the Messi Ronaldo Ballon d'Or winning monopoly be broken this year? Incredibly, 13 of the last 15 World Player of the year awards have gone to either a Barcelona or Real Madrid player. Although Payet is arguably the best player on the planet at the present time, it would still be a long shot to think he could win the Ballon d'Or without playing Champions League football this season.
If he can continue the form he is in over the course of the 2016/17 campaign, however, it may be hard to ignore the uniquely talented Frenchman.
Payet has become one of the hottest properties in world football