With the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil starting today, Footyblog.net assess the lead candidates for the Golden Boot at this summer’s finals.
Luis Suarez – Uruguay (Odds: 20/1)
The Uruguayan’s form for Liverpool last season is not something that needs mentioning. At times he was unplayable finishing the season as the Premier League’s top scorer with 31 goals, despite missing the first six games. Much will depend on the fate of his country, who have been drawn in a tough group alongside England and Italy. If they can get through that then who knows, Uruguay may be able to emulate their 2010 run to the semi-final, for which Suarez will be remembered most for the infamous hand ball, of the World Cup and if they do, Suarez would be odds on to score a hat-full of goals.
Neymar (Odds: 10/1)
Can Neymar set the world on fire in his first World Cup on home soil? If the 22-year-old Barcelona striker can replicate his form from last summer’s Confederations Cup then certainly so. Neymar scored some fantastic goals as Brazil romped to victory. Brazil will expect to go far in their home tournament and therefore Neymar, with his flair and skill, will have a good chance as he spearheads their attack.
Ronaldo (Odds: 14/1)
How can you rule out the best player in the world? Ronaldo has come good time and time again for Portugal, none so more evident as he single hand-idly dragged them through the World Cup play-offs against Sweeden, scoring a hat-trick. Ronaldo has it all. A set piece master, clinical finisher and dominant in the air, Ronaldo has all the attributes to score plenty of goals at this summer’s finals as he tries to join the list of football’s immortals.
Lionel Messi (Odds: 15/2)
See Ronaldo. By his own standards, Messi hasn’t had his best season in a Barcelona shirt, but everyone knows his qualities. The little Argentinian is a magician on the ball and is without doubt one of the greatest of all time. Messi will be the key man for Argentina, another team with big expectations going into the World Cup and with the attacking flair in the squad, Messi will be guaranteed to have plenty of chances to score.
Diego Costa (16/1)
Costa has really announced himself on the world scene this year, notching 36 goals in all competitions at Atletico Madrid won La Liga and reached the final of the Champions League. Born in Brazil, and making two appearances for the national side, Costa has opted to represent Spain, the current World Champions. Costa is likely to start for Spain and with the creative flair behind him with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and co, the 25-year-old, heavily linked with Chelsea, could compete for the Golden Boot.
Wayne Rooney (50/1)
An outside shot, admittedly, but can Wayne Rooney finally realise his potential on the worldwide stage. The Manchester United striker has come under criticism in recent months and has had his place in the England starting line-up doubted so wouldn’t it be fitting for the 28-year-old, whose first major tournament was 10 years ago, to silent those doubters and score a few goals. Rooney scored key goals in qualifying as well as a belter against Brazil 12 months ago in the stadium where the final will be held.
- Fernando Torres (40/1)
- Romelu Lukaku (25/1)
- Karim Benzema (25/1)
- Mario Balotelli (33/1)
All odds are in association with Bet365.