Gonzalo Higuain favourite to win 2010 World Cup Golden Shoe
Argentina have now scored nine goals during this World Cup, so it’s little surprise to see one of their forwards topping the Golden Shoe table. While plenty of money came for Lionel Messi to top score during this tournament following an awesome season for Barcelona, it’s his Real Madrid compatriot who is instead leading the way.
Gonzalo Higuain has a big debt of gratitude to Messi for the fact that he now has four goals to his name and the 22-year-old is now 7/4 (Sporting Bet) to finish top of the pile. His hat-trick against South Korea during the group stages shot the striker ahead of the competition and another goal against Mexico on Sunday night means that he stays in front of the chasing pack.
However, La Albiceleste have a tough quarter final match against Germany on Saturday, where it’s perfectly possible that their participation in the World Cup will end. Perhaps the smart money should still be on David Villa, the Spain striker who has been scoring for fun in his last couple of matches.
The former Valencia man is on his way to Barcelona ahead of the new season and he’s been impressing his new employers in the colours of the national team. Although the 28-year-old drew a blank against Switzerland, a brace against Honduras followed by a goal against Chile means that he’s one of several players on three goals at the moment. Coral offer 7/2 that he adds the 2010 World Cup Golden Shoe to the Golden Boot he won at Euro 2008.
With Spain playing Portugal and then a potentially winnable quarter final against Paraguay or Japan, we could see Villa filling his boots. The other player who could be racking up the goals in the next two games is Brazil’s Luis Fabiano, whose brace against the Ivory Coast keeps the Sevilla striker in the hunt for the top honour.
Brazil face Chile on Monday night and, while they are likely to meet the Dutch in the last eight, Holland do not appear to have the strongest defence and Fabiano can be backed at 8/1 (Coral) to take the plaudits. Considering that the bookmakers are offering ¼ odds for the first three places, many might be contemplating an each-way wager on the Selecao player.
However, there are now six players on three goals and only one of them (Landon Donovan) are no longer involved in the tournament. Robert Vittek (50/1 Sporting Bet) is the least fancied of the quintet, despite striking twice against Italy in the group stages, and that’s probably because his team are expected to go out against the Netherlands on Monday. Indeed, Holland’s Robin Van Persie is much shorter in the betting (22/1 Sky Bet), despite only having one goal to his name thus far.
The other two players on three goals at the moment are Asamoah Gyan and Luis Suarez. The Ghana forward scored a spectacular goal in extra-time to beat the US on Saturday and he’s 25/1 (Ladbrokes) to finish top of the pile, while Suarez scored a stunning winner against South Korea and is more fancied at 14/1 (Sky Bet).