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Top Goalscorer Betting for the World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Odds - Neymar - Griezmann - Messi © Gepa-pictures

What an even the race for the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot could be. There is such a deep and talented field of contenders turning up in Russia that punters can almost be blinded by the light of the glittering array of talent that will be there. While winning the World Cup is the pinnacle of any player’s football career, being able to be crowned the top goalscorer at a World Cup and winning the Golden Boot is an individual award that is hard to top.

Four years ago at Brazil 2014, there was a surprise in the betting markets as the likes of Thomas Muller, Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie were all beaten to the punch by James Rodriguez of Colombia. He got his campaign off to a blistering start and he managed to win the Golden Boot by playing just five games in the tournament as Colombia were beaten in the quarter-finals by Brazil. Still, it just goes to show that upsets in this market can happen from time to time.

World Cup 2018 Golden Boot odds* (at Bet365)


Player Goals Odds*
Harry Kane 6 1/7
Denis Cheryshev 4
Romelu Lukaku 4
Antoine Griezmann 4
Christiano Ronaldo 4

Odds for Harry Kane Last Update 8th July 2018, 3:41 p.m.

* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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The player of the tournament four years ago was Lionel Messi who returned four goals for his country as Argentina lost in the final against Germany. It is the Barcelona star who is leading the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot market at 9/1 with bet365* (betting odds taken at 10:45 p.m. on March 16th, 2018). Will this be the year that he manages to add another title to his long list of individual awards earned throughout his career?

Brazil’s Neymar, who pretty much carries the Selecao as an attacking unit, has a tremendous strike rate of his country and he is going to be the key to Brazil’s potential success at the tournament. If he is fit and strong, then he will be in the picture as he is the focal point of Brazil’s attack whereas Messi tends to play more of a supporting role for Argentina.

France have a superstar in Antoine Griezmann and if he carries over his form from the domestic season for Atletico Madrid he has every chance of getting into the Golden Boot frame. Then there is Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal who is the same price as Griezmann and is as important to them as Neymar is to Brazil.

England’s hopes rest on Harry Kane to turn his domestic goalscoring form over onto the international stage, while Germany can boast a double threat in Timo Werner and Thomas Muller. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is in at 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken on March 16th, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.) and then there are some big names out at even larger prices like Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. That latter Uruguay pairing could do some damage at the tournament.

Normally the World Cup Golden Boot winner is from a team who have gone to at least the semi finals in the tournament. But exceptions, like Rodriguez four years ago and Gary Lineker in 1986, Oleg Salenko in 1994 get there with fewer games under their belt. Eight of the last eleven World Cup Golden Boot winners have won the award playing seven games at the respective tournament.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!