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Soccer Futures: Champions League Top Scorer

Soccer Futures: Champions League Top Scorer

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In our second soccer futures piece, we look at the odds of who will win the scoring title for the tournament. Messi? Ronaldo? Lewandowski? They're all here.

The soccer futures for the leading goalscorer of the UEFA Champions League are here, and with the draw for the final 16 now set, it could be an opportunity for some big name players to put a few in and up their tally.

Unsurprisingly, Leo Messi leads the chart with odds of 2.30, which is naturally low. He is currently tied for third with five goals, and with Barcelona fully expected to reach the semi-finals at the very least, it is not far fetched for Messi to hit double digits. He has already broken the world record for goals in a calendar year, and with Xavi and Iniesta supporting him there is nothing that this man cannot do. Not to mention he is fourth all-time in the tournament's goal leaders, averages 0.76 goals per game in the competition, and has won the scoring title for the last four years.

Not far behind him is Cristiano Ronaldo, who at 2.50 could be of value considering Jose Mourinho has essentially declared that Madrid's La Liga title chase is over even with half the season left to play. That will translate to a more focused approach to the Champions League, where CR7 has shined for years. He is tied for the goal lead this season with six and averages 0.5 goals a game which has led to him to ninth all-time. And playing against his old club Manchester United in the next two matches will surely add some extra motivation for him.

The next favourite isn't really a favourite given United's not so dominant performances in the group stage, but Robin Van Persie is sitting at 15.00, which is one big gap between Ronaldo and Messi. It will be difficult to penetrate Real Madrid and Iker Casillas, but, Van Persie could still add a goal or two to his haul. With only three so far in the competition and a strike rate of 0.39, don't expect him to deliver.

Polish international Robert Lewandowski has been in form for two straight seasons, and this year he has led Dortmund to the top of a group that featured Man City, Real Madrid, and Ajax, while notching four goals along the way. Lewandowski is sitting at 26.00 right now. Dortmund has Shaktar in the next round, not ideal opposition for the German club's high tempo style.

Thomas Muller has signed an extension with a powerful Bayern Munich squad and has three goals so far - half of Ronaldo's total - but expect Bayern to go far this year, so perhaps a few more by the youngster could be in store. The 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner can be had at 51.00 to do it in this year's competition. Bayern have Arsenal in the next round and should have minimal problems with them.

Top Goalscorer

Lionel Messi 2.30
Cristiano Ronaldo 2.50
Robin Van Persie 15.00
Burak Yilmaz 19.00
Robert Lewandowski 26.00
Klaas Jan Huntelaar 26.00
Roberto Soldado 29.00
Karim Benzema 29.00
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 34.00
Willian 41.00
Thomas Muller 51.00
Marco Reus 67.00
Wayne Rooney 67.00
Lukas Podolski 67.00
Javier Hernandez 67.00
Mario Gomez 81.00
Ezequiel Lavezzi 81.00
Mirko Vucinic 101.00
Gonzalo Higuain 101.00

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