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World Cup 2018 – Golden Boot Award

Who Will Be the Tourney's Top Goal Scorer?

When you consider the list of the top 10 odds-favored players to win the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award, you’ll notice that the top five also appear in the top 10 for the Golden Ball or Best Player award. You may want to give those players a little extra consideration. We’ve made our World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award picks. Read below to see who we like in this tournament.

Golden Boot Top 10

Remember that the Golden Boot is given to the top goal scorer in the tournament. That means a team must go deep for the player to take down this award. Plus, that footballer needs to stay away from any injury that may hamper his performance or take him out of the World Cup entirely. Our top 10 of those favored to take home the Golden Boot trophy are below.

  1. Neymar (BRA) +900
  2. Lionel Messi (ARG) +1100
  3. Antoine Griezmann (FRA) +1200
  4. Gabriel Jesus (BRA) +1400
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) +1600
  6. Harry Kane (ENG) +1600
  7. Timo Werner (GER) +1600
  8. Romelu Lukaku (BEL) +1600
  9. Luis Suarez (URU) +2200
  10. Edinson Cavani (URU) +2200

Who We Like

There are a few players who really rise to the top here. Neymar, who is the favorite, is certainly in a great place to have an amazing tournament. We do like him for this award. Not only is he a premium world-class player, but his team is comprised of quality footballers. Brazil should make it to the semi-finals or even the finals. Neymar is a smart, creative, and fast player with advanced, refined skills.

We also like Antoine Griezmann for many of the same reasons that we like Neymar. The one caution here regards the team itself. Although France does bring a fine club to this event, they are prone to inconsistent play, and that could hurt their chances of getting to the semi-finals. Still, we expect Griezmann to have some big games.

Finally, we really like 22-year-old Timo Werner of Germany. The forward can score goals in bunches. He’s on a great team, and will be Germany’s primary offensive weapon. We think Werner, who is creative, athletic, and driven, will have some very big games, especially in the early-going.

Our World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award Picks

We’re set to make our World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award picks. We’re putting our money on three players. First, Neymar (+900) for four units. After that, we’re taking Griezmann (+1200) for two units and then Werner (+1600) for two units. There are no guarantees here, but we believe these are all solid bets and the scheme allows for sound hedging while maximizing potential profits. Please see our World Cup football hub for more articles and picks on this tournament.


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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