Neymar nets a hattrick and gains backing in World Cup Golden Boot Betting
There was little, or next to no movement in the World Cup 2014 outright winner betting market following the round of international friendly matches in March. Brazil remained firm favourites at the head of the field, priced at 3/1 to get their hands on the trophy once again. The Selecao faced off against South Africa in friendly as part of their World Cup warm and showboated their way to a 5-0 victory.
The great young hope of Brazil, Neymar, netted a hat trick for his country and showed his importance to the national side. The Barcelona star has only netted one goal for his club during 2014, but proved that is the vital cog in the current Brazil set up, with his tremendous eye for goal. Chelsea midfielder Oscar and Manchester City midfielder Fernandino were also on the scoresheet for the Selecao.
Neymar is trading as second favourite with online betting site Ladbrokes at a price of 10/1 to finish as the World Cup 2014 Golden Boot winner. Only Lionel Messi is shorter at 8/1 in the market, with the Argentina star having held firm favouritism in the market for a long time now. The Barcelona star failed to inspire his side in a dour 0-0 draw in Romania. Cristiano Ronaldo put in another of his majestic performances, netting a brace in an easy 5-1 win for Portugal over Cameroon. Spain gave an international debut to Brazilian-born Diego Costa, but he failed to get on the scoresheet as Pedro netted the only goal in a 1-0 win over Italy.
World Cup Top Goalscorer Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Lionel Messi 8/1, Neymar 10/1, Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1, Luis Suárez 14/1, Sergio Aguero 16/1, Gonzalo Higuain 25/1, Diego Costa 25/1