The World Cup is just months away and the world’s best goalscorers are desperately trying to find form ahead of the tournament.
Golden Boot betting at the World Cup is expected to be fierce this summer.
There are a host of superstars all seeking the individual glory of being the top goalscorer at the World Cup.
Antoine Griezmann is the favourite at 8/1 to claim the prize and he is in a good position to do so. But who else has a chance of winning the Golden Boot? We take a look at the top candidates in the football betting community…
World Cup top scorer betting
Antoine Griezmann — 8/1
Griezmann is rightly installed as the favourite for the Golden Boot. Not only is the striker a proven goalscorer at international level, but his France team is one of the best in the business. Griezmann has not had a great season at Madrid but in 2016 he was the top scorer at the Euro Football. Backing him to be the World Cup top scorer is worth considering, especially with France likely to progress far in this tournament.
Lionel Messi — 8/1
Of course, arguably the world’s greatest player is worth considering for the Golden Boot. But Messi faces an astronomical challenge to achieve that feat. Messi effectively saved Argentina from World Cup qualification embarrassment last year, when his goals dragged them to Russia. Messi cannot be relied upon to find all of Argentina’s goals. If he is, they will not get far enough in this tournament. Expect Messi to bag a few but probably not enough to threaten the Golden Boot ranks.
Neymar — 8/1
This is the top pick for most football betting experts. Neymar is Brazil’s captain and talisman. Everything goes through him and were it not for his injury in 2014 Brazil may have won the World Cup on home soil. Neymar is in excellent form for Paris SG and has superstars like Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho, Oscar and Willian around him. Brazil have a relatively easy group stage and Neymar will expect to score plenty against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. He could have the Golden Boot wrapped up before the knockouts!
Cristiano Ronaldo — 10/1
Do not write off Ronaldo’s ability to cause an upset. It was he who dragged Portugal through the early rounds of Euro Football 2016, before his team-mates did the rest of the job to win the tournament. Portugal are not expected to win the World Cup — although stranger things have happened. They will need a fit Ronaldo to do that the 32-year-old could score for fun against Morocco and Iran in the group stage. His Golden Boot price will plummet if he starts netting early on so it may be best to back him now before it’s too late!
Timo Werner — 15/1
Wenger is one of the outside bets for the Golden Boot. Gabriel Jesus, Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukkau are all in front of him. But Germany are defending champions and a good bet to reach the final. Therefore, Werner will likely have seven games to score enough goals to be top scorer. The forward is part of Germany’s next generation of world superstars and Werner is well placed to impress at the World Cup, just like Marco Reus did four years ago and Thomas Muller in 2010.
Luis Suarez — 20/1
It is perhaps unfair that Suarez is so low down the World Cup betting list of top scorers. But that reflects Uruguay’s lack of quality, rather than Suarez’s. The Barcelona star is well placed alongside team-mate Edinson Cavani (also 20/1) to be top scorer. Uruguay’s strength is in their attack, while they’re more fragile at the back than they were in 2014 and 2010. So, goals could save Uruguay an early exit and Suarez is tipped as the man to get them.
Harry Kane — 20/1
If England are to get anywhere at the World Cup they need an in-form Harry Kane. The Tottenham star has proven his international pedigree in qualifying but he was disappointing at Euro Football 2016. Kane will be tasked with holding the ball up and then getting into the box for crosses from the wing. However, structurally England can collapse at major tournaments and even if Kane does score goals, he may not get enough games to convert that into a Golden Boot challenge.