It’s what the World Cup is all about - goals. It’s what we remember most, those touches of magic. Maradona’s Goal of the Century versus England. Owen’s replica in 1998.
What’s more, betting on goalscorers is becoming more and more exciting. We expect more goals than ever before this summer and betting on the golden boot could make some big bucks.
The bookies are of course going with the usual suspects, but there are some interesting choices that are well worth a punt…
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WORLD CUP TOP GOALSCORER BETTING PREVIEW
Lionel MessiThe great Argentinian is naturally the favourite to lift the Golden Boot. The likes of Paddy Power and other top bookmakers have him as the number one contender at 10/1 and this summer he’ll certainly be looking to fill in the gaps in his trophy cabinet.
They face an interesting group in Group D, but you’d expect Messi and the quality around him to go far in the knockout stages.
Antoine GriezmannGriezmann proved in the Europa League Final he’s the man for the big stage and is a great bet on the Golden Boot at 13/1.
The Frenchman will be one too watch this summer, especially with his future at Atletico Madrid in jeopardy. That could send him either way, his head turned by pushing through a transfer or he’s so determined to put himself in the shop window he’ll be incredible. We expect the latter.
Cristiano RonaldoRonaldo’s influence on the Portuguese national time is phenomenal, he proved that two years ago.
Much of their hope will be resting on the Real Madrid man, especially with a tough opening fixture against Spain in Group B.
Despite winning Euro 2016, they weren’t particularly strong and could struggle in what could be Ronaldo’s last World Cup. We think even 14/1 is a risky punt on Ronaldo.
NeymarIt’s a race against the clock to find full fitness ahead of Russia 2018, which has certainly affected his odds.
He’s a handy 12/1 to finish top scorer, which we think is an absolute steal. The Brazilians should fly through Group E and are joint favourites to win the World Cup.
We’d certainly fancy a World Cup free bet on this one, especially with a few clubs potentially fancying breaking the transfer record for him again.
Romelu LukakuThe Belgians expect this summer and Romelu Lukaku will be the spearhead of their attack. At 18/1 he’s a sensible bet with the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne the creative forces behind him.
As he has shown for Manchester United, he loves to score against the smaller teams, so we expect him to get a hatful against Panama and Tunisia, setting him up for a strong knockout stage. He’s our top tip for the Golden Boot.
Harry KaneThere will be plenty of enhanced odds being given on this one and it’s not actually that long of a shot.
Kane is currently 16/1 and has been in fine form for Spurs this season and the England captain is sure to find the net this summer. Goals against Panama and Tunisia are there for the taking, while he could be the key difference against Belgium and in the knockout stages.
He’s the closest thing England have to a world class star and he could be the difference in England crashing out or coming home with a degree of success.