Who will win the 2014 Golden Boot at the World Cup in Brazil?

neymar-brazilThe 2014 World Cup is going to be an exciting affair with the world’s best strikers plying their trade on the world’s biggest stage, and finding the player who will score the most goals to win the 2014 Golden Boot offers great value for the savvy punter.

A total of 147 goals were scored at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the lowest figure of any World Cup tournament since switching to a 64-game format. Germany’s Thomas Muller Klose was awarded the Golden Boot after scoring five goals for the tournament.

Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Wesley Sneijder (Holland) and David Villa (Spain) also scored five goals in South Africa but Muller claimed the Golden Boot with more assists during the tournament.

2014 World Cup Golden Boot odds

Early 2014 Golden Boot odds at leading online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (Argentina) at $9.00 ruling favourite from Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) $15.00 and Neymar (Brazil) $15.00.

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Next in betting is Sergio Aguero $17.00 (Argentina) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay), while reigning Golden Boot holder Thomas Muller (Germany) is $34.00.

Here are the main chances for the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot award at Brazil, along with some roughies who could surprise at good odds.

2014 World Cup Golden Boot Chances & Odds

Lionel Messi (Argentina) $9.00
Lionel Messi is the hot favourite for the 2014 Golden Boot award and is under the odds for ours, especially when you consider he has only scored one goal at the two World Cup torunaments he has played, in 2006 & 2010. He is a prolific scorer at club level for Barcelona and widely regarded as the World’s best player, and while he has the talent to find the back of the net at any given moment, there appears to be penty of value away from the Argentinian master.

Neymar (Brazil) $15.00
On home soil the very gifted Brazilian Neymar is certainly worth considering for the Golden Boot. A winner of the Golden Ball award at the 2013 Confederations Cup scoring four goals in five games during the tournament, he is playing for a team that is likely to go very far, giving him a great opportunity to score goals. The young superstar is fast & skilful and appears good value at his early odds.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) $15.00
Portugal’s main man has been playing at a high level for a very long time and has more than 100 international caps to his name. Ronaldo’s experience on the world stage cannot be denied, but he will be a marked man by opposition sides and has to date only managed two World Cup goals, one at each of the past two touraments. His chances of winning the Golden Boot appear limited with Portugal unlikely to play enough games for him to accrue a winnable tally.

Robin Van Persie (Netherlands) $34.00
Robin Van Persie has been a goal scoring phenom for Manchester Unitied in recent times and scores almost a game for the Netherlands. Van Persie has scored one goal apiece at the past two World Cups and in his current vein of form is likely to be the man to score for the Dutch. Having said that, the Netherlands have a tough draw to negitiate, with Spain & Chiles in their group, and his Golden Boot chances will depend on how far the Dutch side can prgoress through the tournament.

Thomas Muller (Germany) $34.00
Thomas Muller won the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot award in South Africa four years ago and is an attacking midfielder who can find the net when required on the world stage. Germany has the ability to make it through to the later stages of the tournament and Muller appears good value at his early odds, particularly when he is proven at this level, being reigning Golden Boot winner.

Mario Balotelli (Italy) $34.00
AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli could be a good smokey in Brazil as his league scoring form has been excellent this season and he enjoyed a very good Euro 2012 tournament, including a brace against Germany in the semi-finals. His 2013 Confederations Cup form was also more than handy before injury curtailed his tournament. Italy has a resonable draw that should see them into the pointy end of the World Cup and Balotelli’s Golden Boot chances are considerably better than his early odds suggest.

Fernando Torres (Spain) $41.00
Getting a regular start might be the mani concern for the Golden Boot chances of Fernando Torres but after snaring the Golden Boot at the 2013 Confederations Cup Torres will be up and about in Brazil. If he can play with confidence then Torres is capable of finding the net on a regular basis, although he is not a player we would consider backing to win the Golden Boot.

Other Golden Boot chances

Edin Dzeko (Bosnia) $101.00 At $101 we think Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko is worth considering for a Golden Boot roughie. His record at international level is outstanding and he has scored against world class sides in Spain, France and Germany in recent times. Bosnia looks well placed to go through to the Round of 16 from Group F and goal scoring opportunites exist for Dzeko against the likes of Iran and Nigeria. Appears to be a very good roughie at huge odds.

Luis Suarez (Uruguay) $26.00 Luis Suarez has been on fire for Liverpool and country this season and finding the net has not been a problem for the brilliant Uruguayan. The goal scoring form of Suarez is as good as anybody in the world at the moment and if Uruguay can advance to the knockout stages, then he has an putside Golden Boot chance, first Uruguay must get past Italy, England and Costa Rica in Group D.

Sergio Aguero (Argentina)$19.00 Lionel Messi is all the rage for the Golden Boot but fellow countryman Sergio Aqueri may be on the end of a few quality Messi passes to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Argentina have a relatively easy group by their standard and Aguero is a quality finisher who will have a plethora of chances to find the bet for hsi country. Has to be respected playing for a high class South AMerican team on home soil.

2014 Golden Boot Betting Markets

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Previous World Cup Golden Boot Winners

2006 Thomas Muller Germany 5
2006 Miroslav Klose Germany 5
2002 Ronaldo Brazil 8
1998 Davor Suker Croatia 6
1994 Hristo Stoichkov Bulgaria 6
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia 6
1990 Salvatore Schillacci Italy 6
1986 Gary Lineker England 6
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy 6
1978 Mario Kempes Argentina 6
1974 Grzegorz Lato Poland 7
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany 10
1966 Eusebio Portugal 9
1962 Multiple players 4
1958 Just Fontaine France 13
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary 11
1950 Ademir Brazil 9
1938 Leonidas da Silva Brazil 7
1934 Oldrich Nejedly Czech. 5
1930 Guillermo Stabile Argentina 8

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