One of the most entertaining aspects of betting on the forthcoming World Cup 2018 in Russia is the race for the Golden Boot or Top Goalscorer award. There are many strikers and world class offensive players who go into this premiere football competition in top form and many football pundits predict that the race for the top scorer’s acknowledgement will be tougher to obtain than ever.
However, from what we have seen in the qualifiers leading up to the big event in Russia, as well as from each player’s performances in their clubs, it is obvious that the winner of the Golden Boot at this World Cup will most likely be one of a select group of players and which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, and Harry Kane.
In this article we will look at six bookmakers’ odds given for these players to finish the 2018 World Cup as top scorers and we will compare the probability of each of these betting propositions coming true.
When it comes to representing his country, Messi has been blamed that he doesn’t put in the same performances that he puts in week in week out for Barcelona. This may be true to some extent, but it has to be said that he had a decent World Cup in Brazil 4 years ago and he will certainly be hoping that he could build on that.
This season, he has had one of his best seasons in recent memory, performance wise, and he has led Barcelona to a very successful campaign in which they won a famous domestic double, with the domestic league campaign being clinched at least a month before the regular season came to a close.
This means that Messi had a lot of time to recover from the grueling demands of club football and will be going to Russia in top physical and mental condition. He is the biggest favourite with all betting operators to be the Top Goalscorer in Russia and is given odds of 35/4 at Redzonesports, SportNation, Fun88, and SportPesa, and odds of 17/2 at BlackType and GentingBet. These are some enticing odds, especially as we are talking about the best footballer right now.
Neymar is Messi’s biggest rival for the Top Goalscorer award, but he was given a huge blow to his chances of winning the Golden Boot when he got injured playing for PSG. Initial scans showed that it will be difficult for the Brazilian to get back to full fitness ahead of the World Cup, but more recent reports claim that he will definitely be fit for the first group match in Russia.
Brazil team mates and fans will definitely hope that this will be the case, as Neymar is one of the best players in the world right now and he has shown incredible ability to find the goal wherever he has played.
He is one of the most prolific strikers in the world and he can manufacture a chance all by himself even when it doesn’t look like he will be a threat for the opposition goal. This is why bookmakers such as SportNation, Redzonesports, SportPesa and Fun88 price him at odds of 39/4 to win the Golden Boot in Russia. Other bookmakers such as GentingBet and BlackType also look favourably to his goalscoring prospects and give him odds of 9/1.
Cristiano Ronaldo has recently shown that he can pull forward a team all on his own and he will definitely have to use that ability to get an average Portugal side into the race for the World Cup title.
This is not a good thing if you are a Portugal supporter, but it is definitely something to look forward to if you are planning on backing the Portuguese star to win the Top Goalscorer award. This is because Portugal will most definitely rely on him to provide the goals, and the more goals he scores, the bigger the chances that you will have a winning bet.
However, one downside to playing for a team lacking any other star players, is the fact that Portugal may crash out of the tournament earlier than other teams and Ronaldo may play a game or two fewer than other Golden Boot contenders.
This is probably why bookmakers make him only their third favourite and betting operators such as SportNation, Redzonesports, SportPesa and Fun88 give him pretty high odds of 11/1. BlackType and GentingBet give him identically generous odds of 12/1 as well.
Griezmann is France’s main goal scoring outlet and he will certainly be their biggest threat in front of goal going into the tournament. He is a modern striker who is incredibly fast, has excellent technique and has an incredible eye for goal.
In addition to this, he will also be supported by some incredibly talented midfield players which include one of the most expensive football players these days, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
This is very important for everyone who is planning to back Griezmann, as having the right supporting players behind a striker is a key ingredient to a striker winning a Golden Boot award.
This seems to have also been realized by the biggest bookmakers in the world of football as they make Griezmann their fourth favourite for the illustrious award and give him odds which reflect his goalscoring ability. SportNation, Redzonesports, SportPesa and Fun88 give him odds of 13/1, while GentingBet and BlackType feel that 12/1 are the right odds for the talented Frenchman.
Harry Kane is the deadliest English striker in years and the whole of England is hoping that he can finally change their World Cup hopes by leading from the front and scoring as many goals as possible.
Kane has had several consecutive seasons in the English Premier League in which he has scored more than 20 goals per season and it seems like every year his goal scoring ratio is getting better. That’s why many punters have decided to back him to be the best goalscorer at the World Cup.
Bookmakers are offering some pretty enticing odds for the lanky Englishman and betting operators such as SportNation, Redzonesports, SportPesa, and Fun88 offer odds of 15/1 for Kane to be the World Cup’s best scorer, while other bookmakers such as GentingBet and BlackType offer similarly high odds of 14/1.
These odds are very reasonable for the punter who likes to back a good value bet at slightly higher odds and Harry Kane is just that type of bet. He has publicly admitted of being very eager to win the EPL Golden Boot and one suspects that he shares the same sentiments for the World Cup 2018 Top Goalscorer award.