Cristiano Ronaldo did not lose momentum after this season’s Champions League, where he scored in almost every single game. Football fans knew well that the Portuguese superstar would be at least among the top ten contenders for the Golden Boot, but even more gamblers are betting on Ronaldo to score the most goals in the World Cup now that he has already broken a record in just two matches.
CR7’s run for the top goalscorer title started with a hat trick against Spain. That match was a testament to his ability to find the net when it matters the most, as he saved his team from a defeat in the nick of time (in the 88th minute) with a stunning free kick that no goalkeeper could have saved.
Ronaldo’s header in the fourth minute of the next match, against Morocco, made him the top European goalscorer in international football, a title formerly held by the legendary Ferenc Puskas since 1956.
Can anyone steal the Golden Boot from CR7?
Ronaldo can hardly rest on his laurels, since a few players have already come close to his four goals. Spain’s Diego Costa and Russia’s Denis Cheryshev have scored three times. To be fair, Cheryshev is the smaller threat as Russia is not expected to last long in the knockout stage and he obviously wouldn’t be able to collect more goals if his team will have to leave the tournament soon. Online sportsbooks in Portugal are consequently offering a 34.00 return on him compared to the 6.25 on Diego Costa.
Harry Kane (8.00) and Romelu Lukaku (10.00) are also seen as strong contenders. Top players like Neymar, Messi or Antoine Griezmann are behind them at the moment but are expected to show more of their skills. Still, CR7 will hardly satisfy himself with the four goals he has under his belt, especially since this could be his last World Cup, so his fans need not despair.
Why bet on Ronaldo to score the most goals in the 2018 World Cup?
Given the Portuguese star’s form, betting on Ronaldo to score the most goals in the World Cup is fairly safe. The increase Unibet Sportsbook offers on CR7, 2.75, is fairly reasonable given the low risk factor and is currently one of the best World Cup bets.
For those who prefer the absolute safest option, Ronaldo’s being in the top four goalscorers is virtually guaranteed (at the previous World Cup, Neymar won the Bronze Boot with four goals). That option is rewarded with a 1.22 increase.