The World Cup is less than 24 hours away and the excitement levels across the globe are reaching fever pitch.
England arrived in Russia on Tuesday and there have already been major incidents off the pitch already.
But when the first ball is kicked on Thursday afternoon in the titanic clash between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, the world will briefly stop and stare at the action on the pitch.
In previous years, the winner of the Golden Boot at the Finals has tended to play for the country – think Ronaldo in 2002 or David Villa in 2010.
But who is the favourite to win the prestigious award this time around? Thanks to bet365, we have calculated the odds and worked out just how is the favourite to finish as top scorer at this year’s World Cup in Russia – check it out below.
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 25/1
The Barcelona striker has a notorious history at major tournaments. In 2010, his deliberate handball helped his country progress at the expense of Ghana, while his attempted bite of Giorgio Chiellini earned him a four month ban from all football-related activity. His long odds suggest he may have lost his appetite for goals somewhat, but don’t count the feisty striker out.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)- 20/1
Expected to partner Suarez up front, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will be hoping to continue his wonderful form from the domestic season into the World Cup. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani may be surprised to see his name so far down the odds, but a difficult group containing Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia is unlikely to be a walk in the park.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1
At 33, this may well be the last chance for Ronaldo to win the World Cup. Although his superhuman fitness levels could carry him through until the next tournament in Qatar, he will almost certainly never be in better form or condition than this time around. A third successive Champions League trophy suggests he is still in his peak and a few early group stage goals could set him up for the tournament.
Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 16/1
The striker may not be carrying the weight of a nation on his young shoulders just quite yet, but he has shown he is more than capable of scoring crucial goals if needs be. After helping Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, the 21-year-old will be hoping to guide his country to a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia this summer.
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 16/1
Blessed with incredible pace and power, Lukaku has bullied Premier League defences for five years now. However, as with many of Belgium’s incredible ‘Golden Generation’, this has not transpired into international success. Under former Everton manager Roberto Martinez, the Manchester United striker will be hoping to seize his moment on the world stage and lead his country to success.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 16/1
Can Kane be the first Englishman since Bobby Moore to lift the World Cup? Chances are, probably not – but he is still expected to score a load of goals. The Tottenham Hotspur striker seems to have hit form at just the right time and is a certain starter to lead the line. With games against Tunisia and Panama to start, the prolific marksman will be hoping he can finally score at a major tournament.
Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig) – 14/1
Probably the least recognisable name on the list, Werner is a deadly marksman with ice running through his veins. The Red Bull Leipzig forward is blessed with incredible pace and power to compliment his predatory instincts. A good tournament could see him get a big move away – with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 12/1
The Golden Boot winner from Euro 2016, Griezmann has developed from a tricky, yet inconsistent winger to one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe. France have an almost embarrassing array of attacking talent at their disposal and will be sure to score goals for fun. If they build their team around the Atletico Madrid star, you could expect to see him score.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 11/1
Like his adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, failure to win a World Cup at this year’s tournament could see Messi miss out on the biggest prize in football altogether. Having briefly retired once after failing to win the Copa America, Messi will be desperate to score the goals to deliver a first World Cup triumph for Argentina since 1986.
Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – 8/1
The heir apparent to the Ballon d’Or, perhaps leading his country to glory and avenging the demons of 2014 will inspire Neymar to success. After a back injury in the quarter-finals cruelly ended his tournament prematurely in Brazil, the former Barcelona man is fully fit and seemingly back to his best. A wondergoal at Anfield in a recent friendly suggests he deserves his place at the top of the odds list.
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