2018 World Cup Predictions – Top Goalscorer
In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the favourites for the World Cup top goal scorer award at the 2018 Soccer World Cup. The Top Goalscorer is awarded to the player that scores the most goals throughout the full tournament. So in betting terms, it’s highly recommended to bet on a player from a team that is expected to reach at-least the semi-finals. It’s one of the more popular betting markets as the odds will change after each match during the Cup. In 2018, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are the top favourites. Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus and Frenchman Griezmann could offer value for punters.
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To start with, Lionel Messi is the top favourite to win the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. With Argentina expected to at least reach the semi-finals and more, he’ll have many opportunities in front of goals. They’ll also likely dominate the group stage and this is good news for Messi. He’s coming into the tournament after another dominant season with Barcelona FC. He’s scored 29 goals in 30 appearances so far and he holds the record for the most goals in La Liga. For his national side, Messi has currently scored 61 goals in 123 appearances. So he’s going to be hard to stop in the World Cup top goal scorer race.
Next in the market is Portugal’s captain Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s their all-time leading goal scorer and he’ll be the key in Portugal reaching the latter stages of the tournament. This is his 4th World Cup appearance and it could be his last. So he’ll be looking to end his World Cup career with a bang. His side has two easy matchups on paper against Iran and Morocco. So he could easily score 3 or more goals early in the tournament. For this national side, Ronaldo has scored 81 goals in 149 appearances. If Portugal qualify, he’ll be hard to beat in this race.
Brazilian Neymar is next in the betting and he finished third in the 2014 World Cup with 4 goals and 1 assist. He moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and he’s scored 19 goals in 20 appearances for his new side. With Brazil expecting to easily beat the competition in the Group Qualification stage, Neymar will be a huge factor in his country living up to the expectation of a finals appearance. However, he hasn’t been in a high goal scoring for Brazil since 2014. He’s scored just 11 goals in 21 appearances. So it could be tough for him to score 5+ goals in a star studded team like Brazil.
From France, Griezmann is another player to watch in the Top Goalscorer markets. The 27 year old currently plays for Atletico Madrid and has scored 78 goals in 138 appearances. For France, he has scored 19 goals in 51 matches. He dominated in 2016 as he won such awards as La Liga Best Player and UEFA Golden Boot winner. He also scored 6 goals in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. So he’ll be looking to lead his country to glory in 2018. He is a darkhorse in this World Cup top goal scorer race if he can recapture his International form of 2016.
Last but not least is the second Brazilian in the top 5 with Gabriel Jesus. He’s currently playing for Manchester City in the EPL and has scored 16 goals in 33 appearances. In his short time playing for the Brazilian national side, Jesus has already scored 9 goals in just 15 matches. He also led the way in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Germany recently. So he’s proving to be a reliable goal scorer for Brazil around the likes of Neymar. He should be right in this race and could be the surprise pick of the top 5 favourites.
Below is a list of the top 30 Goal Scorers and the latest World Cup odds available among Australian bookmakers.
Who won the Golden Boot in the 2014 World Cup?
James Rodriguez scored 6 goals in 5 matches for Colombia.
Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup?
French player Just Fontaine scored 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup.
Who scored the last hat-trick in a World Cup?
Switzerland player Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick against Honduras in the 2014 World Cup.
Who scored the first hat-trick in a World Cup?
It was scored by American Bert Patenaude in the 1930 World Cup against Paraguay.
Who has scored the most goals?
German striker Miroslav Klose is the all-time leading World Cup goal scorer with 16 goals in 24 matches.
Which active World Cup player has scored the most goals?
Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals in 13 matches for Germany and he’ll be playing his 3rd World Cup.
Who has played in the most World Cups?
Only three players have played in 5 World Cup tournaments. They include: Antonio Carbajal (Mexico), Lothar Matthaeus (Germany) and Gianluigi Buffon (Italy).
Who scored the quickest goal in World Cup history?
In the 2002 World Cup, Hakan Sukur scored Turkey’s first goal in just 10.89 seconds against the host nations (South Korea).