Ronaldo to Top of World Cup Golden Boot Odds
A quartet of multi-goal performances in the first five days of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has shaken up the odds on who will emerge as the top goalscorer at this year’s tournament, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo, whose three-goal performance in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain has rocketed him to the top of the World Cup Golden Boot odds as a +225 favorite.
The 33-year-old opened the World Cup trailing as a +1400 bet in pre-tournament wagering, but wasted no time in opening the scoring in Portugal’s Group B clash with Spain as +340 underdogs, converting on a penalty kick in the fourth minute to set a new record with goals scored in eight consecutive international tournaments.
Ronaldo would later give Portugal a brief 2-1 lead with a goal in the 44th minute, and would close out the scoring in the 88th minute with a marker that preserved a point for Portugal in a highly competitive Group B. However, the captain of the reigning European champions has plenty of competition at the top of the odds to lead the World Cup in goals, with England’s Harry Kane surging to +500, followed by Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku at +600, and Diego Costa of Spain at +700.
A two-time winner of the Premier League Golden Boot as a member of Tottenham Hotspur, Kane recorded his third career multi-goal game in international competition on Monday, twice finding the back of the net in England’s narrow 2-1 win over Tunisia as -222 chalk.
The 24-year-old has now scored six times in his past five outings across all competitions, but anchors a Three Lions squad that has reached the quarter-finals just once in its past four World Cup appearances, and continues to lag behind the favorites as a +1200 wager on the World Cup championship odds.
Lukaku Third on World Cup Top Goalscorer Odds
Lukaku was faced with far less drama while he scored a pair of goals in Belgium’s 3-0 rout of Panama. The Manchester United star’s performance in Belgium’s victory as -556 favorites marked his second straight two-goal outing after scoring twice in les Diables Rouges’ 4-1 demolition of Costa Rica as a -500 bet in a pre-tournament friendly on June 11, and bolsters the Belgians’ position as heavy -175 chalk to finish atop the Group G table.
Costa has carried over his strong performance during UEFA World Cup qualifying into this year’s tournament. The 29-year-old netted a pair of goals in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal as -117 chalk after scoring five times in five UEFA World Cup qualifying appearances, and has now scored six goals in his last 10 matches with la Furia Roja.
Antoine Griezmann’s lone goal of the tournament opened the scoring in France’s 2-1 win over Australia as -455 favorites on Saturday, and has lifted him to +1200 on the World Cup top goalscorer odds, just ahead of Brazil’s Neymar, who has slipped to +1600 after opening the tournament as a +900 bet.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has tumbled from his position as a +800 pre-tournament wager after being held off the scoresheet in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland as a -286 favorite. Messi is joined at +2000 by teammate Sergio Aguero, who netted Argentina’s lone goal in last Saturday’s clash with the Nordic underdogs.
*Odds as of June 19, 2018