As the record goalscorer in the history of the European Cup with 105 goals to his name, there is no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo leads the betting for this season’s Champions League Golden Boot.
Having led the charts in each of the last five consecutive seasons, the Portugal star looks like a solid bet at 4/1 (5.00) with bet365 to do so once again this year.
Although drawn in a difficult group alongside Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia, Real Madrid remain rightful favourites to win the competition for the third season in a row – making those 4/1 (5.00) odds look like all the more attractive value.
In contrast, Lionel Messi’s marginally longer 11/2 (6.50) price seems a less attractive proposition given Barcelona’s failure to make it past the quarter-finals in either of the last two seasons.
Considering he has failed to outscore Ronaldo since 2012, the 30-year-old will have a tough time beating him to the Golden Boot playing in an attack that must adapt to the acrimonious departure of Neymar.
After leaving the Camp Nou in a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil striker is now on offer at 12/1 (13.00) to justify that decision by claiming an honour he shared with both Messi and Ronaldo in 2015.
Joining Neymar in a formidable French frontline, Edinson Cavani 14/1 (15.00) and Kylian Mbappe 20/1 (21.00) are also more than capable of writing their own headlines for Les Parisiens.
However, Unai Emery’s team face a difficult group stage battle with Bayern Munich, for whom Robert Lewandowski is rated as the 8/1 (9.00) most likely candidate to break the Messi/Ronaldo stranglehold on the top scorer title.
While Romelu Lukaku 16/1 (17.00) and Sergio Aguero 25/1 (26.00) represent the Premier League’s best chance of asserting dominance on the goal charts, Antoine Griezmann could offer a tempting long shot at 33/1 (34.00) in what should realistically be a familiar two-horse race.