World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Betting 

CRISTIANO RONALDO is the only player who has scored more than two goals after the first 14 matches. LIONEL MESSI missed a penalty and did not score in his first appearance and NEYMAR also failed to find the net. HARRY KANE is in great shape after two goals against Tunisia.See the latest odds at William Hill  

Now the winner of the Premier League top scorer title has been decided you can turn your atention to the leading scoer at the World Cup in Russia. We have previewed the winner of the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. There is a maximum of seven matches and a goal a game can be enough.

Odds quoted below are correct as at June 13th 2018 and are subject to change. 

The winner of the Golden Boot generally plays for a team that reaches the semi-finals of final which means he plays seven matches, barring injuries and tactical changes. The Golden Boot title is different to the leading scorer as it is awarded to the player that has most assists if two or more players score the same number of goals. Uruguay have been identified as the dark horses in our 2018 World Cup analysis and they have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani playing up front. Uruguay have been given a kind draw and a relatively easy route to the final. If they go all the way and play seven matches Cavani must be a contender to be the leading scorer at 25/1 with Ladbrokes. (18+ t&c's apply)

Here are the previous winners of the Golden Shoe and Golden Boot (from 2010) at the World Cup since there was first an award in 1982:

Year

Player

Country

Goals

 

 

 

 

1982

Paolo Rossi

Italy

6

1986

Gary Lineker

England

6

1990

Salavatore Schillaci

Italy

6

1994

Oleg Salenko

Russia

6

 

Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

6

1998

Davor Suker

Croatia

6

2002

Ronaldo

Brazil

8

2006

Miroslav Klose

Germany

5

2010

Thomas Muller

Germany

5

2014

James Rodriguez

Colombia

6

 

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A guide to betting on the World Cup Top Scorer

The title of the top scorer in the Premier League is a huge accolade but the race to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup is even more prestiguious because its a global honour and the tournament only takes place every four years. 

If you are betting on the winner of the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup please be aware that the bet is not on the leading scorer. There can be only one winner of the Golden Boot and if more than one player scores the same number of goals assists determine who wins the award. It’s not clear what happens if more than one player records the same number of goals and assists. The leading scorer market can result in a tie in which dead heat rules apply. LIONEL MESSI is the favourite at 9/1 with William Hill to be the World Cup leading scorer. (18+ t&c's apply)

The latest odds for the leading scorer at the World Cup are as follows: 

The odds are correct as at June 11th 2018 and subject to change. 

Lionel Messi 9/1 with William Hill. (18+ t&c's apply)

The Argentinian turns 31 on June 24 so this is sure to be his last crack at winning the World Cup. He has scored 64 goals in 124 internationals, not the best of returns by his standards. He scored seven goals in the qualifiers including a hat-trick in their final game. After another successful season with Barcelona, Messi showed what good form he's in with a hat-trick against Haiti in the May 30 friendly.

Neymar 9/1 with William Hill.  (18+ t&c's apply)

The Brazilian has been out injured for a fair while and may also have some transfer thoughts in his mind. Neymar has scored 55 goals in 85 internationals for Brazil with six in the qualifiers. He has had fitness problems and missed the end of what may be his only season with PSG. Speaking last week, the Brazilian said Physically I am well, my foot is fine I am adapting in a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me. I am ready to play, there is nothing that can stop me. What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.”

Neymar did make his comeback in Brazil's friendly with Croatia and he was on the scoresheet with a 69th minute goal. Good news for those who want to back him for the Golden Boot but not the best for any side that has to face the PSG striker. He also played in Brazil's final warm-up game against Austria and was again on the scoresheet so he looks to be in great form heading into the tournament.

Harry Kane 16/1 with Coral. (18+ t&c's apply)

England's top striker had a decent end to the season and has scored 13 goals in 24 England appearances. He scored five goals in the qualifiers and with games against Panama and Tunisia could score a few goals in Russia. We'll get a good idea of his form as he prepares to face Nigeria and Costa Rica with the latter in poor form at the moment. He scored again in the win over Nigeria and has six in his last five games and isn't being affected at all by being captain.

Cristiano Ronaldo  14/1 with Unibet. (18+ t&c's apply)

Another player who has been out injured of late but has an impressive international record with 81 goals in 149 games for Portugal. He scored 15 goals in the qualifiers including four against Andorra and a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands. He's a penalty taker and with group games against Morocco and Iran, could easily get a few goals early on.

Timo Werner 16/1 with Betfair (18+ t&c's apply)

Has only played 13 internationals for the defending world champions but has scored eight goals for them. Three came in the qualifiers with two against Norway. The Leipzig striker only made his senior debut five years ago. Last year he played for Germany in the Confederations Cup and won the Golden Boot in that tournament scoring three goals. He failed to score in Germany's 2-1 away defeat to Austria on Saturday but was on the scoresheet when Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 scoring the opening goal in the match.  With Germany likely to go deep into this tournament, he could be a good bet.

Antoine Griezemann 12/1 with Ladbrokes. (18+ t&c's apply)

Just like Neymar he may have transfer ideas floating around in his head. Griezemann has scored 20 goals in 52 internationals and four in the qualifiers so not the best of strike rates. He looks to be coming into form at just the right time though with a goal in the Europa League final and netting in France's 3-1 home win over Italy on June 1st and is being backed down in this market, so if you want to use a free bet on him, now might be the time to get your bet on.

Gabriel Jesus 16/1 with Paddy Power (18+ t&c's apply)

The Manchester City striker has only played 17 internationals for Brazil but scored ten goals in those appearances.  He scored seven goals in the qualifiers, the same number as Lionel Messi. He failed to score in Brazil's 2-0 win over Croatia but did score against Austria.

Romelu Lukaku 20/1 with BetVictor (18+ t&c's apply)

Wasn't fit for the FA Cup Final but you can bet he'll be ok for the World Cup. With the group the Belgian striker is in, there could be a few goals for him. Lukaku has scored 32 goals for Belgium 65 internationals and hit 11 in the qualifiers. He did start for Belgium in the goalless draw with Portugal but at least he's back fit and he showed just what a top striker he can be when scoring two goals in Belgium's final friendly against Costa Rica on June 11. With games against Panama, Tunisia and dare we say England, there are going to be some good goalscoring opportunities in the group stage alone.

Luis Suarez 25/1 with Paddy Power (18+ t&c's apply)

A striker who had a fair few problems in the last World Cup finals but he'll have to bit his tongue and get on with the job this time. He's scored 50 goals in 97 internationals for Uruguay and scored five goals in the qualifiers.

Robert Lewandowski 33/1 with William Hill (18+ t&c's apply)

The Polish striker may be on his way to the Premier League next season and has a great pedigree. He has hit 52 goals in 93 internationals and scored 16 goals in the qualifiers including hat-tricks against Armenia and Romania.

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