Lionel Messi Odds World Cup 2014 Golden Boot Betting
Lionel Messi. What hasn’t he achieved in such a glittering career? The four time World Player of the Year, multiple league winner with Barcelona, three time Champions League winner, Olympic Gold Medalist and that is just only scratching the very surface of the amount of awards that the Argentine genius, who doesn’t turn 27 until June 24th, has achieved during his years in the top flight.
There are no signs of him slowing up yet, but bigger things will be expected of him at the World Cup this time around.
Asked to play in a deeper support role four years ago at South Africa 2010, Lionel Messi didn’t manage to find the back of the net in any of Argentina’s five games at the tournament, his nation falling foul at the hands of Germany in the quarter finals. His strike rate for his country is nowhere near as prolific as his goal tally at club level, some questioning why he has never been able to live up to his superstar status on the international stage. A lot of it in the past has come down to the managers not getting the best out of him, like Pep Guardiola did at Barcelona.
Messi had scored 37 goals in 83 international appearances for Argentina heading to the world Cup, but with 2012 and 2013 his two most prolific years at international level, then perhaps the time is finally come for him to live up to expectation. Remember he was still a young 23 year old at the time of the last World Cup. So now he should be at his absolute prime, even though he had a stop-start season with Barcelona because of injuries throughout the season. But his talent is undeniable and it speaks volumes about him, that in a World Cup which looks blessed with attacking talent, Lionel Messi odds World Cup 2014 Golden Boot betting sees him kick off as 8/1 favourite.
That is a price which is light years ahead of the other main contenders, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Sergio Aguero around the 14/1 mark. But the difference for Messi this time around is that Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is playing to Messi’s strengths, using him where is at his most dangerous, and not only that, with Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria around him, defences won’t know who to watch the most, so Messi could get plenty of space in which to exploit defences.
There are defences to be exploited in the group stage, as Argentina take on Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria in the group stage, so you would expect the goals to come from Messi in those three matches. Six goals is generally around the mark enough to get you the Golden Boot at a FIFA World Cup. If Argentina get to the final four, he would have seven games in total played. He should get close shouldn’t he? Messi is 11/8 to finish as Argentina’s top goalscorer (with Higuain and Aguero both at 7/2).
For one of the greatest players to ever grace the game, his World Cup record falls very short. He has only netted one World Cup goal and that was in Argentina’s 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro at Germany 2006. But with a 10 goals haul during CONMEBOL qualification for the 2014 World Cup, bettered only by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez with 11, Messi’s time could well be now. Lionel Messi odds World Cup 2014 Golden Boot betting at 8/1 are tempting enough to bank on him coming good.