World Cup Top Scorers (Golden Boot) Tips and Odds

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Who will be the highest scoring player at World Cup 2018? Look out, bettors, because this really looks like an indecipherable enigma at the moment.

Winning the Golden Boot at World Cup 2018 will be a difficult mission for the numerous contenders that are ready to put their name on the scoreboard.

Picking the top goalscorer is intriguing also because there are a number of extremely unbalanced games in the group stages which could provide some strikers the precious chance of scoring a hattrick or, why not, even more than 3 goals in that game.

Take, for example, England or Belgium facing Panama and Tunisia. You bet Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are already enthusiastic to play those matches and they will be eagerly looking forward to maximising their World Cup tally.

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Previous World Cup top scorers

James Rodriguez was the top goalscorer of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The Colombian midfielder scored 6 goals, one more than Thomas Muller from Germany. Holland’s van Persie, alongside Neymar and Messi, were the ones that rounded the top 3, all of them managing to net 4 goals.

In the South African World Cup, Thomas Muller, David Villa, and Diego Forlan were joint top scorers, with 5 goals.

2006 was the World Cup in which Miroslav Klose was the only player that scored more than 3 goals. He was the Golden Boot of the World Cup 2006 in Germany with 5 goals.

The Brazilian Ronaldo was legendary throughout the South Korea & Japan World Cup in 2002, when he scored 8 goals. The second place was taken by Rivaldo and Klose, who both scored 5 goals.

The latest man to have scored at least 10 goals at a World Cup tournament was Germany’s Gerd Muller at World Cup 1970 in Mexico.

Did you know…?

Highest and lowest World Cup top goalscorers of all-time

  • The highest scoring player ever at a World Cup tournament was France’s Just Fontaine who scored 13 goals at the World Cup 1958 in Sweden.

  • There were 6 top goalscorers of the World Cup 1962 in Chile, the World Cup edition which recorded the lowest number of goals scored by the top goalscorer. Garrincha, Vava, Leonel Sanchez, Florian Albert, Valentin Ivanov, and Drazan Jerkovic all scored 4 goals each for Brazil, Chile, Hungary, Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia, respectively.

World Cup hattricks

 

Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri managed to score a hattrick at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The German attacker scored 3 past Portugal in the group stages, whilst Shaqiri managed his performance against Honduras in the very last group stage match.

In 2010, Gonzalo Higuain was the sole player to have scored a hattrick. He did it against South Korea, in an impressive 4-1 win by Argentina.

Surprisingly, no player managed to score a hattrick at the World Cup 2006.

Fastest World Cup hattrick ever

It took only 8 minutes for Laszlo Kiss from Hungary to net the ball 3 times in the 1982 World Cup, hosted by Spain. The Hungarian footballer achieved this performance against El Salvador.

Most goals scored in one World Cup game

You might have heard of him, Russian Oleg Salenko is still the record holder in terms of most goals scored in a single World Cup match.

Oleg Salenko scored 5 times past Cameroon in the American World Cup in 1994.

Most goals scored in a lost World Cup match

Poland’s man, Ernest Willimowski must be one of the most unfortunate players that have ever taken part in the World Cup.

Ernest Willimowski scored no less than 4 goals against Brazil in the 1938 World Cup in France. The final result of that game was Brazil 6 Poland 5.

World Cup 2018 Top Scorers Betting

Football bettors can be sure of one thing: World Cup 2018 is not going to lack high-quality offensive players. The list comprises a huge number of dangerous players that are able to score multiple goals at the Russian World Cup.

According to Betway, the top 20 most likely players to be real Golden Boot title contenders are:

  • Neymar Jr. 7/1

  • Lionel Messi 8/1

  • Timo Werner 10/1

  • Harry Kane 12/1

  • Alvaro Morata 12/1

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 12/1

  • Antoine Griezmann 14/1

  • Gabriel Jesus 16/1

  • Romelu Lukaku 18/1

  • Diego Costa 20/1

  • Thomas Muller 20/1

  • Dries Mertens 20/1

  • Edinson Cavani 25/1

  • Luis Suarez 25/1

  • Gonzalo Higuain 25/1

  • Anthony Martial 25/1

  • Sandro Wagner 33/1

  • Kylian Mbappe 33/1

  • Robert Lewandowski 33/1

  • Mohamed Salah 33/1

 

It’s worthy of being mentioned that Timo Werner lacks any World Cup experience. At 22 years old, he will play World Cup football for the first time in his life this summer. A massively important factor which appears, however, to be underestimated by the bookmakers

TIMO WERNER TO SCORE A MAXIMUM OF 3 GOALS AT THIS WORLD CUP – currently 1.50


Attackers likely to score more than 3 goals at World Cup 2018 in Russia

In order to be a real title contender of the Golden Boot, history says footballers have to score at least 4 goals. The lowest scoring Golden Boot winners scored 4 goals in 1962.

Who are the attackers whose chances of scoring more than 3 goals are high enough in order to be taken into consideration prior to placing an outright bet on the Golden Boot winner?

 

  • Neymar Jr.

 

Brazil will face moderately facile opponents in the group stages. Switzerland, Serbia, and Costa Rica aren’t exactly the most dangerous teams Brazil could have faced prior to reaching the knockout stages of the tournament.

Keep in mind that Neymar Jr. is the penalty kick taker for Brazil, a fact that can round out his goal scoring tally.

Penalty taking duty is important and can make Neymar distance himself in the Golden Boot title battle, given Brazil scored 41 goals in 18 matches in the South American qualifiers, proving an immense hunger for scoring.

NEYMAR TO BE THE TOP GOALSCORER OF WORLD CUP 2018 | 10/1

 

  • Lionel Messi

 

Possibly having his last real go at winning a World Cup, the Argentine attacker also has a solid chance of scoring some goals in the group stages.

Argentina will face Nigeria, Iceland, and Croatia. Nigeria already sounds like good news for Messi, who scored 2 goals past the African side at the World Cup 2014.

  • Intriguing fact: Argentina and Nigeria have been placed in the same group at the World Cup now for the 3rd edition in a row. In 2010, Argentina won 1-0, whilst in 2014 the match ended 3-2 for the South Americans.

Also important to notice, Messi is the undisputable penalty shot taker for Argentina and it sounds very unlikely that Argentina won’t have at least one throughout the World Cup 2018, given the marvelous quality players that they have got up front, including Aguero, Dybala, Di Maria, Higuain.

LIONEL MESSI TO BE THE TOP GOALSCORER OF WORLD CUP 2018 | 9/1

 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Yes, Portugal might not have a long journey in Russia this summer, but Ronaldo is surely eager to prove the opposite.

Furthermore, he will as always be enthusiastic about scoring goals. He does not have an impressive World Cup tally – 3 goals in 13 matches – but he is likely to improve that significantly.

Why is that? Portugal is placed in group B, where they will face Spain, but also Morocco and Iran. The last 2 named opponents are extremely likely to concede a lot of goals, and Ronaldo knows these chances will not come back to him.

Again, he is most likely to take any penalties awarded to Portugal

CRISTIANO RONALDO TO BE THE TOP GOALSCORER OF WORLD CUP 2018 14/1

 

  • Alvaro Morata

 

His situation is very similar to Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Spain will face Morocco and Iran, in 2 of the most unbalanced games of the whole competition.

Morata has been solid at Chelsea at his first season and will most likely be energetic about proving that he has got the required quality to be the main striker of the Spanish national side.

Sergio Ramos and David Silva are the main penalty kick takers for Spain, unfortunately for Morata.

ALVARO MORATA TO BE THE TOP GOALSCORER OF WORLD CUP 2018 | 20/1 at 888Sport

 

  • Romelu Lukaku

 

Belgium is likely to have a fairly long road at the World Cup 2018. They will be paired with group H, so it’s likely they’ll face either Poland or Colombia in the last 16.

They are favourites to reach the quarter finals and a minimum total of 4 matches should be enough for Romelu Lukaku to score at least 4 goals, given the fact that 2 of the 4 matches will be played against incredibly fragile opponents from a defensive point of view, namely Panama and Tunisia.

In fact, Lukaku might hunt a hat-trick against Panama and Hazard or de Bruyne should be easily able to assist him in achieving that.

ROMELU LUKAKU TO BE THE TOP GOALSCORER OF WORLD CUP 2018 | 18/1 at BET365

Our Golden Boot Pick for World Cup 2018

Lionel Messi | Argentina | 9/1 at BET365

Messi scored 4 goals at the World Cup 2014 and can use that previous good experience to boost his confidence.

Argentina’s offensive power is not to be doubted. As a real World Cup title contender, Argentina should give Messi enough World Cup playing time in order to score enough goals in order to win the Golden Boot prize if staying injury free.

Messi should be able to score at least 2-3 goals in the group stages, given Argentina will face Iceland, Nigeria, and Croatia.

As they are extremely likely to win their group, their last 16 opponents should be Denmark, another relatively easy team to face for a team like Argentina.

In the quarterfinals, Argentina should face France, if underdogs are not going to cause any big surprises. In the semifinals, the most likely scenario is that Argentina will play Spain.

That being said, Lionel Messi will have 3 precious opportunities for scoring goals – the games against Iceland, Nigeria and the one in the last 16, possibly against Denmark.

LIONEL MESSI TO SCORE A MINIMUM OF 5 GOALS AT WORLD CUP 2018 IN RUSSIA | EVENS

Goal scoring tips for World Cup 2018

 

  • ROMELU LUKAKU TO SCORE A MINIMUM OF 3 GOALS AT WORLD CUP 2018 | 3/5

 

This bet looks as a no brainer, given the fact that Belgium will face Panama and Tunisia in the group stages.

With midfielders like Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne backing Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United’s striker is likely to score at least 3 goals for Roberto Martinez’s side.

 

  • GYLFI SIGURDSSON TO SCORE FOR ICELAND AT THE WORLD CUP 2018 | 17/20

 

This is going to be the first ever World Cup experience for Iceland. The enthusiasm of the team is likely to be similar to what was visible at EURO 2016.

Gylfi Sigurdsson showed his leadership abilities at the European Championships 2016 and scored a goal for Iceland.

Iceland will face Nigeria in their second game at the World Cup 2018 and that might be one of Gylfi’s best chances of hitting the net at the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

 

  • HARRY KANE TO SCORE A HATTRICK AT WORLD CUP 2018 | 7/2

 

Kane’s ambitions at 24 years old will be high at this World Cup, as he is Captain for England.

Kane must sense the rare opportunity that he’s got at this World Cup, given the fact that Panama and Tunisia are opponents well under England from a football quality perspective.

 

  • DIEGO COSTA TO SCORE A MAXIMUM OF 1 GOAL AT WORLD CUP 2018 | 6/5

 

Spain will either play a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 formation, fact that implies a sole striker up front. Lopetegui preferred Alvaro Morata as a starter for the majority of their qualification games.

Since Morata is likely to be Spain’s starting striker, Diego Costa is unlikely to have enough playing time in order to bang a couple of goals.

 

  • SON HEUNG-MIN NOT TO SCORE AT WORLD CUP 2018 | 11/10

 

South Korea will face Germany, Mexico, and Sweden in group F.

Germany is famous to be an incredibly solid side defensively, while Sweden is not less imposing, coming after a play-off against Italy in which they did not concede any goal.

Unlike the past World Cups, the Koreans have struggled in obtaining the qualification for this World Cup in Russia. They only booked their tickets for the tournament in the very last qualifying gameweek. This might be a good indication of South Korea’s lower quality at the moment.

Interesting offensive players who might be wrongly underestimated by the bookies

 

  • Mohamed Salah

 

40/1 at Betway to become the top goalscorer of World Cup 2018

Premier League’s top goalscorer cannot be underestimated, given the absolutely excellent season the Egyptian has had for Liverpool.

If Salah is going to play as well as he did for Liverpool, Egypt has a good chance of reaching the last 16. Saudi Arabia and Russia are teams which Egypt can battle against.

 

  • Radamel Falcao

 

33/1 at William Hill to become the top goalscorer of World Cup 2018

Up to the end of April, Falcao scored 24 goals in the 35 games he played for AS Monaco this season.

The Colombian striker is likely to be the starting attacker for his side and he might enjoy this status, given he will be receiving passes from interesting midfielders like James Rodriguez or Juan Cuadrado.

LIONEL MESSI TO WIN THE GOLDEN BOOT | 9/1 at BET365

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