The Barcelona man is favourite to finish as top scorer at the World Cup but Al Hain-Cole thinks his team-mate could be the man to take advantage of Argentina's favourable groupWith the draw for the World Cup 2014 now complete, defenders throughout the globe can begin losing sleep over the very real prospect of facing some of the sport's most lethal marksmen in Brazil next summer.
Nobody terrifies opposition backlines like Lionel Messi, who is currently BetVictor's 8/1 (9.00) favourite to scoop the Golden Boot thanks largely to a favourable draw pitting Argentina against Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria, with Switzerland or Ecuador likely opponents in the last 16.
|World Cup Golden Boot
|Odds from BetVictor
|Gonzalo Higuain/Radamel Falcao/Alvaro Negredo/Mario Balotelli/Robin van Persie||25/1|
On the other hand, team-mate Gonzalo Higuain struck four times in South Africa and his recent record of seven goals in his last 10 international games suggests that odds of 25/1 (26.00) are well worth a look on him finishing top of the goalscoring charts, particularly after nine in 11 on the road to Brazil.
Each way terms mean that punters opting for that approach will get a quarter of the price if their selection finishes in the top four, which makes the industry-best 25/1 (26.00) even more tempting.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo has matched Messi's prolific exploits in recent seasons but, with more daunting opponents in the shape of USA, Ghana and Germany with which to contend, his price of 14/1 (15.00) holds less appeal as a member of an inconsistent Portugal team.
Having hit 27 goals in just 46 games already for Brazil at the age of just 21, Neymar represents the host nation's talisman as they attempt to lift the trophy on home soil and you can get odds of 14/1 (15.00) on him outscoring all the rest.
While England fans will be hoping that Luis Suarez leaves his shooting boots at home next summer, the current Premier League top scorer is among the frontrunners at 16/1 (17.00) to lift the Golden Boot after leading the South American scoring charts with 11 goals in 14 qualifiers.
Europe's top marksman was Premier League rival Robin van Persie, whose 11 goals in just nine qualifiers makes him a contender at 25/1 (26.00) to finish top of the pile in Brazil, although Spain, Chile and Australia stand in his way at the group stages.
That same 25/1 (26.00) price is also on offer for Radamel Falcao, Alvaro Negredo or Mario Balotelli to demonstrate their undoubted class on the biggest stage, while Sergio Aguero is currently slightly higher rated at 20/1 (21.00).
Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson will be praying for Wayne Rooney to hit the ground running, although at 40/1 (41.00) the Manchester United man is a clear outsider.
|Gonzalo Higuain to win the Golden Boot at Brazil 2014 for a 1pt stake at 25/1 (26.00) with BetVictor
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.