Top Contenders for Golden Boot Award Winner for FIFA World Cup 2018 with Their Betting Odds
Football frenzy is massively taking over the people all around the world due to the Football World Cup 2018 which is fast approaching. Kicking off from 14th June, this Football tournament will hold a total number of 64 matches that will take place in 12 fixed venues spread across 11 cities with the final match scheduled to be held on 15th July, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. This year, the FIFA World Cup is being contended for by 32 nations in entirety which have been finalized via qualifying competitions, with the host nation making up the 32nd team.
The World Cup 2018 might not be hosting a lot of big nations this year, but that doesn't dampen the spirits of the millions of ardent fans anticipating and hoping against hopes that their team wins the tournament. This is the major reason why bookmakers are giving the best tips and live odds for the fans to choose their team and start placing bets.
Divided in 8 groups of 4 each namely A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, the Football world cup nations for 2018 are all set to battle it out for the biggest tournament of this sport. Refer to the chart below to know which group does your team fall into:
|Groups/ Teams||Name of the Nations|
|A||Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay|
|B||Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran|
|C||France, Australia, Peru, Denmark|
|D||Argentina, Iceland. Croatia, Nigeria|
|E||Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia|
|F||Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea|
|G||Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England|
|H||Poland, Senegal, Columbia, Japan|
At the end of each tournament the FIFA association or federation rewards all the deserving candidates and thus, numerous awards are given to players and teams who have excelled in different areas. For any team to win, it is imperative to score goals and most importantly to score crucial goals. One goal could take your team so much closer to winning. To applaud the contribution made by the strikers in the game of football, the Golden Boot Award was devised.
From it's inception in the year 1982, the Golden Boot award, formerly known as the Golden Shoe award is a prestigious trophy that is awarded to the highest goal scorer in the league matches. In cases where two or more players score the same number of goals in a particular year, the total assists of the players shall help determine the winner.
Take a look at the top goal scorers of world cup 2014:
World Cup 2014's football leg was as exciting as it's going to be in 2018. A few prominent names stole the limelight in the Football World Cup 2014. Refer to the list given below and find out the scorers of great goals for the FIFA World Cup 2014:
The young and energetic 22 year old Monaco player- James Rodriguez scored one goal each in the total of 5 matches he played at the FIFA World Cup 2014. James made history to become the 2nd player to have scored more than 5 goals ever in a world cup. His 6th goal was a penalty shot against Brazil. He became the top scorer of the 2014 world cup and earned himself the prestigious 2014 Golden Boot.
Thomas Muller played his second world cup in 2014 and maintained the bar of standard that he set for himself in his first world cup which was in 2010. He, without a doubt has become the star player of Germany after delivering amazing performances in each of the two world cups he has been a part of.
Never doubting his greatness, fans in the 2014 World Cup were a little disheartened when Argentina lost to Germany in the finals. Lionel Messi nevertheless scored a total number of 4 goals throughout the tournament and made it to the top 5 goal scorer list for 2014.
Not even an injured vertebrae could allow anyone else to steal Neymar's thunder. The leading scorer for Brazil, Neymar still managed to score more than most other players and scored 4 goals in totality before being retired hurt.
With a total number of 4 goals to his credit, Robin Van Persie has been crowned the top scorer of Netherlands of all times. He has represented his country in over 5 international championships.
A lot of buzz and hype is surrounded around who will take the coveted FIFA Trophy home this year.
But another big question that remains unanswered is- who will score the maximum number of goals in the Football World Cup 2018. Some of the finest players in the world will compete with each other to become the top scorer of the tournament and to earn the Golden Boot Award.
Everyone has made predictions about who shall be crowned as the top goal scorer for the Football world cup 2018. A comprehensive list has been prepared according to our predictions, so check out the list below to know who made it among the front runner's list to earn the Golden Boot Award this time around, given in no particular order or rank.
Lionel Messi is arguably Argentina's prolific goal scorer, he has many awards and accolades to his credit. Having won both the Golden Boot and the Golden Shoe in the FIFA youth Championship Messi knows when to pep up his game. Lionel Messi has lead his team to enter the 2018 world cup single handedly, but what waits to be seen is whether he can maintain his well trusted goal scoring form or not in the 2018 world cup.
Prominently recognized for his dribbling, finishing and ability to score with both feet, Neymar is a key player for the Brazil national team. Neymar is often cited as one of the most famous athletes, he is also rendered the most expensive player thanks to his shift from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain. Holder of numerous awards, Neymar has managed to earn a high spot for himself as a leading sportsperson in the world of football.
Playing as Portugal and Real Madrid's forward, Cristiano has a lot of firsts attached to his name. The first and only European player to bag a total of five Ballon d'Or awards and the first player to receive four European Golden Shoes. Not just this, he also became the first player to win five Champions League titles. All this for one player seems unbelievable. Does Ronaldo have it in him to be the top goal scorer in 2018?
Often regarded as a complete player and a power house who leaves no stone unturned to prove his mettle, Thomas Muller has ratified this fact time and again. Thomas Muller is an extremely versatile player who plays as a midfielder and center forward in his home team- the German national team. He is determined and gives consistent performances by applying his key strengths to good use. Germany is already one of the top contenders for the trophy this year, what the world wants to know is if Muller can grab the very prestigious Golden Boot award.
Isco, more often than not, is rendered as the best attacking midfielder and plays for the Spanish national team. Known for his skill, ability to dribble and his eye to score goals, Isco is agile and has represented his national team in various tournaments. Will his ball find the net enough times to let him win the Top Goal Scorer award for Football World Cup 2018, we'll find out soon!
The all time goal scorer for the Egyptian National Team, plays as a forward and by becoming the most scoring player in the CAF qualification he secured a spot for his team in the FIFA world cup 2018. Should Mohamed Salah be in his form then it's tough to stop this talented player.After a phenomenal session last year but a shoulder injury this year, will Salah be in form to lift the Golden Boot award in the FIFA World Cup 2018?
The probability of Poland going far ahead in the world cup is bleak, but the silver lining is their star player Robert Lewandowski who already has the tag of being the top goal scorer in numerous tournaments. The luck favouring Poland, they have been placed in a relatively easier group which means the chances for Robert to score the maximum goals have increased even more.
The betting odds according to the leading betting brand Bet365 for each of these players has been mentioned in the table given below:
|Lionel Messi (Argentina)||9/1|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)||14/1|
|Thomas Muller (Germany)||33/1|
|Mohamed Salah (Egypt)||40/1|
|Robert Lewandowski (Poland)||33/1|
Thousands of football fanatics are waiting with bated breadth to see which player outshines the rest and adds the glory of this victory to his athletic career. The Golden Boot award is coveted by every goalscorer in football, however only time will tell who will dominate and light up the the football striking scene to take home this prestigious award. All the frontrunners and contendors have been mentioned above for you to bet on your favoured team without forgetting to take note of the odds so provided for each of the contending player.
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