World Cup Top Goalscorer Betting Odds
The 2014 World Cup is blessed with a tremendous array of genuine superstar forward talent this time around. There is almost an embarrassment of riches to be had and it makes for some interesting World Cup Top Goalscorer betting this time around. While the choices are tough, it just means that with an abundance of star strikers for the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup, there is tremendous value around in the market.
This is the award to come out of the tournament which is really the most coveted one behind winning the 2014 World Cup itself. There is a chance for someone to go down in the annals of history here. So who will get their name down alongside some of the greats like Eusebio, Paolo Rossi, Gary Lineker, Hristo Stoichkov and Ronaldo in getting their hands on the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award?
Below is our brief assessment of some of the frontrunners in the betting market to win the 2014 FIFA Golden Boot.
World Cup 2014 Golden Boot odds (at Bet365)
|Player||Goals||World Cup Odds|
|Robin van Persie||4||100/1|
Last update: 9 july 2014
During the World Cup tournament we will update in regular intervals the World Cup 2014 Top Goalscorer Ranking and quote their best odds to win the trophy.
Looking at the calibre of some of the candidates in 2014 World Cup Golden Boot betting and you really should be expecting the goals to be flowing in the tournament. There is a massive scrap for supremacy here, with Argentina’s Lionel Messi taking favouritism in the market at 8/1, followed by the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Robin van Persie, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero and really that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of striking power that will be on display.
In the last two FiFA World Cups, five goals has been enough to win the Golden Boot, Germany’s Miroslav Klose taking it in 2006, and his fellow countryman Thomas Muller doing so in 2010. Muller scored five goals in the tournament, as did David Villa, Wesley Sneijder and Diego Forlan, but won outright because of having more assists than the other during the tournament.
More information on some of the favourites …
International Apps: 83
International Goals: 37
Odds: 8/1 Bet365
Lionel Messi, arguably one of the greatest forward talents that the game has ever seen. Many people think that Messi has never really performed for his country at the top level, so will this be the occasion where he rises to the pinnacle of his game and helps lead Argentina to glory? The start of Lionel Messi’s 2013/14 season didn’t go too smoothly, as he was hampered by injuries and spent time on the sidelines for his club Barcelona. No matter how good you are, being away from competitive action will have an effect and it will take a little time to get back to peak form. The problem in the past is that Messi has never quite been used in the right way by his country, certainly not by Diego Maradona at World Cup 2010. Hopefully the little genius will get the chance to show his true world class on the biggest stage there is. Argentina look a very strong and well balanced side and Messi will get his chances, especially during a pretty easy group campaign.
International Apps: 46
International Goals: 27
Odds: 12/1 Bet365
The success of Brazil on home soil at the 2014 World Cup could well be all upon the shoulders of this young man. A teammate of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, Neymar really is the next big Brazilian superstar and has the world at his feet. Pace, power, reads the game well and he has a flair for the spectacular finish, does Neymar. He showed that during the 2013 Confederations Cup just how much he is capable of carrying his nation. This will be Neymar’s first World Cup after being left out of the 2010 campaign by coach Dunga, despite much protestation to include the youngster. So the 22 year old has been untested on the greatest stage in the world, but he doesn’t look like a man who is phased by much. Brazil have a comfortable looking group as well, and you don’t see Brazilian goals coming from anywhere else really, so Neymar has to be sharp out of the blocks if the Selecao are going to go all of the way.
Club: Real Madrid
International Apps: 109
International Goals: 47
Odds: 12/1 Bet365
Ronaldo has been just as phenomenal with his strike rate for his country as he has been during his domestic career with Real Madrid. The Portuguese star, winner of the 2013 Ballon d’Or really would be many people’s favourite here. Given his 2013 in front of goal, he really should be in the mix. However, the only reason that he is not shorter priced is because Portugal aren’t expected to go too deep into the competition. If they do, then it will be Ronaldo who drags them there. The former Manchester United man netted that famous hat trick in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against Sweden, sending his country to Brazil 2014. Portugal pretty much is Ronaldo. If he is off form, or if he is injured, Portugal are an average side at best. So Ronaldo has the undeniable talent to finish as top scorer at the tournament, but will he get enough games under his belt to do so. There’s a competitive group ahead for them too, having to face up to Germany, Ghana and the United States. Not particularly easy games and Ronaldo’s chances may be limited because of the lack of quality of the overall Portuguese side.
Club: Man City
International Apps: 47
International Goals: 21
Odds: 16/1 Bet365
As Argentina are expected to go far in the tournament, Sergio Aguero has to be in with a good look at finishing as Top Scorer too. The Man City man has been in brilliant form for his club during the 2013/14 season and the times he was absent really showed how much even a good side missed him. A truly world class clinical finisher and in playing alongside Lionel Messi then you know that he is going to get some chances on the board. He has the pace, he has the vision and eye for goal to push hard. A genuine match winner and hard to keep off the scoresheet, even when limited to chances from outside of the box. He has it all.
International Apps: 71
International Goals: 39
Odds: 16/1 Bet365
He was one of the most controversial figures at the 2010 World Cup. In his country’s quarter final match against Ghana, he deliberately stopped a shot on the goal-line with his hands, preventing a certain goal for Ghana. Still, he made a massive positive contribution in helping Uruguay finish fourth in the competition. Last year he became Uruguay’s all-time record goalscorer with his 35th for his country. Running into the World Cup on the back of a tremendously prolific season with his club in the Premier League, he will have his backers. However, Uruguay are nowhere near as strong as they were four years ago and have been in a bit of decline, only scraping into Brazil 2014 through a play-off. Talented, but like Cristiano Ronaldo, may not have the team to back him up by getting enough games.
International Apps: 51
International Goals: 20
Odds: 25/1 Bet365
A class striker in his own right but he picked up an injury at the start of 2014 which many expects to keep him out of the competition. If he doesn’t make it then it will be a massive blow to Colombia’s chances at the World Cup. Many have earmarked them as being a great dark horse for the competition, but they are a young side, enterprising and very talented. However, Falcao has been at the heart of all this and his goals have really helped dragged them forward. If he does make it and he is fit, Colombia have a really easy group, so goals are up for grabs.
Club: Atlético Madrid
International Apps: 2
International Goals: 0
Odds: 25/1 Bet365
His participation in the World Cup will be fascinating. After Radamel Falcao left Atletico Madrid, Costa really took his chance to shine and has become one of the most coveted strikers in the world in a short space of time. Born in Brazil and having made two non-competitive appearances for his country of birth, he announced in 2013 that he wanted to play for Spain. That’s a massive coup for the reigning champions, because they have been lacking a genuine number nine. Costa is a tireless worker and plays with a lot of fire in his belly, and he has a tremendous natural instinct in front of goal. Being in the Spain team, he’ll get chances, and he could be the dark horse in the field, especially as he is untested at international level.
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