As another glorious year of football draws to a close, eyes are quickly being turned to 2015, and the sporting splendours it might contain.
To ramp up the excitement ahead of the New Year, Ladbrokes have priced up a selection of markets relating to the biggest events that the coming 365 days could contain.
First up is a wager that Manchester United fans will be desperate to see land – Cristiano Ronaldo priced at 7/2 to make his return to Old Trafford.
The Ballon d’Or shoo-in has scored a faintly ridiculous 32 goals in 25 games this season, so any suggestions his advancing years are catching up with him look wide of the mark.
As such, Real Madrid are unlikely to let him go for a fee far southward of the £80m they paid for him in 2009, and if you do believe Ronaldo is heading back to Manchester, then it might be worth also backing another 2015 special on offer.
If you think the world record transfer fee will be broken, on Ronaldo or anyone else, it’s worth grabbing the 4/1 odds Ladbrokes are offering.
The current record stands at £85.3m, the amount Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Gareth Bale in 2013.
For those who fancy a real longshot, or just wildly optimistic Chelsea fans, you can get 33/1 that the Blues do not lose a single Premier League game for the whole of 2015.
Jose Mourinho’s side ending up losing just four league matches in 2014, and now look an even more formidable outfit.
The Manchester United skipper has already racked up 46 strikes for his country, and should have ample opportunity to get the four goals he needs in the remaining six games of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying group and friendlies.
Finally, after 2014 saw Shelley Kerr appointed as manager of Stirling University, the first female boss in Scottish senior football, you might think the 25/1 that a woman gets the top job at any side in England’s top four divisions is a tad long.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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