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We can find some of the best players in the world in the ongoing Copa America tournament. From Lionel Messi to Neymar, some amazing players take part in the competition who are all mentioned in the 2021 Copa America Top Player odds. Of course, their team needs to perform well in order to win the award. But Brazil and Argentina are doing great so far, making their players the top favorites.
10 teams compete in the 2021 Copa America including Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil has won both their games so far and lead Group B. While their big rival is on top of Group A after two wins and one draw. Key players in both teams have performed well so it definitely won’t be an easy task to name the best of them. In previous tournaments the award went to players like Luis Suarez, Rivaldo and Ronaldo. But legendary Venezuelan goalkeeper Carlos Valderrama also won the award back in 1987. While in the previous tournament, in 2019 the right-back of the Brazilian team, Daniel Alves was named as the Best Player.
2021 Copa America Top Player odds favor Neymar over Messi
Neymar has already scored two goals and can easily be the top scorer of this year’s Copa America. The PSG striker first scored a penalty against Venezuela in the first game. Then followed it with a brilliant strike against Peru. Where he also demonstrated his amazing skills. Neymar is only 9 goals away from Pele’s all-time scoring record with his 68 goals. At the moment he is in second place in Brazil’s all-time goal scoring table. If he and the team can continue like this, Neymar can surely win the Best Player award. Online sportsbooks in Brazil offer the smallest odds, 2.50 for his win anyway.
But of course, there is a big competition and lots of superstars in the tournament who are all mentioned by bookmakers. Lionel Messi follows Neymar with the odds of 3.50 in the 2021 Copa America Top Player odds. Interestingly the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has never been named as the best player of any Copa America. Probably as he hasn’t won the tournament yet with his country. Even though Argentina reached three finals with Messi in its team. The Barcelona star was named as the best young player in 2007 when he was only 20. Since then he has become one of the best players of all time who can still lead his team to victory.
Suarez, Aguero and Firmino in other favorites
It’s hard to imagine that anyone else apart from Neymar and Messi can win. But if we look at the following names, it seems possible. Luis Suarez had a great season at Atletico Madrid and can perform well again in the Uruguayan team. As a good sign he scored against Chile to equalize. But Uruguay needs to perform much better as they only stand in 4th place in their group after two games. The 34-year old forward was named the best player in 2011 when his team won the cup. Suarez’s odds now to get the best player award again is 8.00 on 22Bet.
Online gambling sites in Brazil offer the same chances for Sergio Aguero’s win. The ex-City player came in as a substitute in the first game against Chile. He didn’t play against Uruguay but started in the third game against Paraguay. Not sure how much playing time Aguero will get in the tournament but surely he will make the most of it. The same can be said for Roberto Firmino who has only played 20 minutes in the Brazil team. And the Liverpool forward doesn’t have too much chance for any more playing time with Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Vinicius Junior also in the squad. Still, his odds are not bad with 9.00 to be the best player of the 2021 Copa America.