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The Barcelona superstar claimed the title last season with an astonishing 14 goals but the bookmakers are struggling to split the two most prolific men in La Liga this year

A host of Europe's top strikers look set to battle it out to claim the Champions League top goalscorer prize after the draw was made Monaco on Thursday evening.

Last season's top scorer, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, achieved an incredible 14 goals to win the prize, despite the Catalan giants failing to make the final of the competition - a fact that makes his feat even more impressive.

Champions League Top Scorer
Player Odds
Lionel Messi 9/4
Cristiano Ronaldo 6/1
Mario Gomez 7/1
Fernando Torres 16/1
Robin van Persie 16/1
The 25-year-old Argentina international has been named as the favourite to repeat his goalscoring heroics this season, priced at 9/4 with William Hill.

Barcelona will face Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Celtic in the group stage and it's expected that Messi will have a good chance to accumulate a signficant total in the first six games.

Cristiano Ronaldo did was not the most prolific for Real Madrid in the Europe last season, but he's expected to be the player best equipped to challenge Messi's dominance. He's available to back at 6/1 for the top scorer award.

Jose Mourinho's side will play Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in their group.

Bayern Munich frontman Mario Gomez was Messi's closest challenger last season and, in other years, his total of 12 goals may have been enough to see him win the award.

The German striker has was prolific and his goals were vital in Bayern reaching the final, where they lost to Chelsea. Gomez managed to accumulate four of his goals in one match, the emphatic 7-0 win over Basel.

Bayern Munich's group stage opponents will be Valencia, Lille and BATE Borisov and Gomez can be backed at 7/1 to score the most goals in the competition.

Fernando Torres looks to have re-discovered his goalscoring form and punters who think he could be the one to break the La Liga-based dominance can back the Chelsea frontman at 16/1 with William Hill.

Manchester United's biggest signing of the summer, Robin van Persie, has plenty of Champions League experience and he's next in the market at 16/1.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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