Betting Special: Messi, Ibrahimovic & Ronaldo - the race to be Champions League top scorer

European football returns this week, with our tipster looking at the top goalscorer market, picking out PSG's Swedish sensation at a fantastic price
With the half of the round-of-16 first legs due to be played this week, it's worth taking a look at who will top the scoring charts, with three realistic candidates standing out.

Champions League Top Scorer

Odds from bet365
Cristiano Ronaldo 8/15
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10/3
Lionel Messi 9/2
Sergio Aguero 14/1
Robert Lewandowski 20/1
Edinson Cavani 25/1
Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been in sparkling form this season for Real Madrid, netting a remarkable 41 goals since the start of August in all competitions. With nine goals already in the Champions League, it's no surprise to see him as favourite to score the most goals at 8/15 (1.53) with bet365.

Ronaldo has scored in every Champions League game he's played in this season, netting a hat-trick in gameweek one away at Galatasaray before scoring a double against Copenhagen and Juventus. With Madrid drawing Schalke in the next round, it's tough to see the Germans restricting him.

Despite scoring for fun in the Champions League, Ronaldo has not been firing on all cylinders of late, netting five in his last 10 matches.

Lionel Messi sits three goals behind Ronaldo in the charts, despite only playing three games in the Champions League this season.

The Argentine netted a hat-trick against Ajax, a single goal against Milan away, before grabbing a double at home to AC Milan. After returning from injury in the last few weeks, Messi has hit the ground running, scoring five goals in three games.

bet365 price him at 9/2 (5.50) to finish top scorer. However, with Barcelona playing Manchester City in the last 16, they face a tough task and backing him is worth avoiding.

Sandwiched in between Messi and Ronaldo on eight goals is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has been sensational for PSG and Sweden this season, scoring 33 goals in his last 30 games.

Ibrahimovic scored in four of PSG's Champions League matches, including four goals in one match against Anderlecht. The 32-year-old is 10/3 (4.33) to top the scoring charts and, with PSG drawing Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16, he will fancy his of chances of scoring and his side progressing.

With Ronaldo too short to back, it's certainly worth a small investment on Zlatan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to finish top scorer of the Champions League for a 1pt stake at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365

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