PORTUGUESE superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the current $2.75 favourite at online bookmaker Sportsbet to win the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot after scoring his side’s only goal in their 1-0 victory over Morocco.
Hot on Ronaldo’s heels is Spainish striker Deigo Costa ($6.50 at Ladbrokes), who has three goals to date. English spearhead Harry Kane, who has two goals and a game in hand, is on the next line of betting at the $8 mark while Red Devil Romelu Lukaku ($9) is the only other man in single figures.
The 33-year-old took his goal tally to four for the tournament to date after scoring a hat-trick against Spain in their World Cup opener.
Ronaldo looks to be one of the safer futures bets at this year’s World Cup.
Portugal already have secured their position in the knockout stages following their win over Morocco and is the only man in single figures to have all but locked away group progression.
Ronaldo said in the aftermath that his mind was only on securing all three points.
“I’m very happy. The most important thing was to win the game and to get the three points,” Ronaldo said.
“We knew if we lost we could be out. We knew Morocco would be giving their all. It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong.
“I managed to score a goal, it was great for me.”
Ronaldo’s coach Fernando Santos said his star player isn’t close to being done this campaign.
“He’s like a port wine. He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best.”
While Ronaldo looks the logical bet, former English striker Alan Shearer believes Tottenham talisman Harry Kane is the man who looks most likely to top the goal scoring tallies.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Shearer said he belives Kane has what it takes to win the Golden Boot.
“He will feel like he has arrived at this World Cup and if you could have written a script for him, as an England striker and captain, then it would not be too different from the way his night turned out.” Shearer said after Kane scored a brace in England’s opening win over Tunisia.
The former Newcastle captain believes England’s next match against Panama may hold the key for Kane.
“A win could secure our progress to the last 16 and it is a great opportunity for Harry to get more goals too. I would love him to get another two or three, and then we can see where he goes from there.”