2018 World Cup Top Goalscorer
Aside from the outright market, one of the most popular ways of betting at any major soccer tournament is predicting which player will finish as the highest scorer. The World Cup 2018 gathers together a number of world-class players who have been finding the net on a regular basis for their clubs. The Golden Boot award is a prestigious prize and every player will be striving to get their hands on his top honour.
Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are always going to be popular in this market and are priced up as the two favourites. Teams who are expected to reach the latter stages of the competition are likely to possess one of these potent strikers. We take a look at some the key players at the 2018 World Cup who could trouble the goalscoring charts.
Top Goalscorer Predictions
The graphic below displays a number of the top players at the tournament and their chances of finishing as the top goalscorer.
It’s no surprise to see Lionel Messi priced up as the 9.75 favourite in the top goalscorer market with Net Bet and the Barcelona star is likely to light up the 2018 World Cup. He scored four times at the 2014 tournament as he helped his side reach the final of the event. He also claimed a number of assists. Argentina almost didn’t qualify for the 2018 tournament and it was Messi’s brilliance which dug them out of a hole and helped them ensure their place at Russia. He is likely to play every single minute and his side are predicted to reach the final four. With Nigeria and Mexico in their group, Messi is likely to find plenty of opportunities during the opening few games and he has the best chance of finishing top of the goalscoring charts.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now 32 and this could be his final appearance at a World Cup. The talismanic figure excelled during qualifying and was instrumental in his side’s progression. He had a decent Euro 2016 and although he is the only standout player in Portugal’s squad, he should get plenty of opportunities. CR7 has come into form during the second half of the season for Real Madrid and that can only be a good thing for Cristiano Ronaldo backers. He is priced at 11.50 with Betsafe.
Neymar may have missed the latter part of the season for PSG but he is expected to be back in peak form ahead of the 2018 World Cup. He is likely to finish as the tournament’s third highest scorer according to our calculations and could be fresher and fitter than many of his opponents. The Brazilian side is hugely talented but it is the former Barcelona man who makes them tick and he is not averse to moments of brilliance on the biggest stage. At 10.75, many punters in South Africa will be backing the Brazilian to shine in Russia.
Antoine Griezmann has enjoyed a fruitful second half to the season at Atletico Madrid. The striker has been linked with a move to Barcelona and he continues to be one of the best finishers in Europe. He is likely to finish as the fourth highest scorer in the tournament and looks set to be Didier Deschamps’ first choice. He is 15.00 with Betsson.
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is also heavily fancied for the Golden Boot. The Brazilian striker is 16.75 and is likely to get plenty of opportunities throughout this tournament. With Tite’s side expected to reach the final, there will be plenty of games for Jesus’ to find his shooting boots and he has a knack of getting into the right positions at the right time.
Top Goalscorer Odds
There are a huge amount of players to choose from at the 2018 World Cup and a number of outsiders who could make a name for themselves at the tournament. Our table displays the odds from South African bookmakers available on the top 30 players who will be competing at the tournament in June.
World Cup Top Goalscorer Questions
Q. Who finished as Top Goalscorer in 2014?
A. James Rodriguez finished with the most goals in 2014 with six goals throughout the tournament. He is back once again and is priced at 50.00 with Net Bet.
Q. Who Has Scored the Most World Cup Goals?
A. Miroslav Klose is the current leading goalscorer at the World Cup with 16 goals across four different tournaments. He is also Germany’s all-time leading goalscorer and they’ve never lost a competitive game in which he has found the net. He has since retired and won’t feature at the 2018 tournament.
Q. Which player has scored the most goals in a single World Cup?
A. Just Fontaine holds the record for the most goals in a single tournament when netting 13 times for France during the 1958 World Cup.
Q. What is the lowest amount of goals to have secured a World Cup Golden Boot?
A. In 1962, six players shared the tournament golden boot when netting four goals apiece. These were Garrincha and Vava of Brazil, Hungary’s Florian Albert, Leonel Sanchez, Valentin Ivanov and Drazan Jerkovic.
Q. Has any player ever won more than one Golden Boot?
A. No player has ever managed more than a single golden boot. Thomas Muller has come the closest when finishing as joint top-scorer in 2010 before finishing a narrow second behind James Rodriguez four years later.