Betting: Can anyone stop Ronaldo at Confeds Cup?

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Portugal's captain is expected to score the most goals at Russia 2017 but a Mexican and a Chilean could be better value

Cristiano Ronaldo is the obvious favourite to win the Golden Shoe as the leading scorer at the 2017 Confederations Cup but there are plenty of forwards who could stun the Real Madrid star.

Ronaldo's goals record at international level of 73 goals in 139 matches for Portugal means if his country reaches the Confederations Cup Final, the 32-year-old is likely to be pushing for the Golden Shoe.

The Portuguese striker is the $2.62 favourite at bet365 but his team's lack of goals in their run to the Euro 2016 title could open the door for another attacker to triumph.

Portugal scored just nine goals in seven games in France last year, with Ronaldo notching three.

At club level, Ronaldo has proven himself to be one of the most clinical forwards in the game over the past four seasons as Madrid have won three of the past four Champions League titles.

But he could face competition for opportunities up front by Milan's new signing Andre Silva ( $13.00 ), who already has seven goals in eight appearances for Portugal's senior side although they have come against Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Cyprus and Latvia.

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Eduardo Vargas to win Golden Shoe at $13.00

Javier Hernandez to win Golden Shoe at $21.00

Portugal are favourites to win Group A in Russia with Mexico likely to come second ahead of the hosts and New Zealand.

Mexico have two genuine Golden Shoe candidates in Javier Hernandez ( $21.00 ) and Oribe Peralta ( $34.00 ).

Hernandez has scored 47 goals in 92 internationals and has been in fine form for Bayer Leverkusen over the past two seasons, while Peralta (23 goals, 53 games) - who has only ever played club football in his homeland - is a constant threat but is likely to start on the bench.

In Group B, Germany and Chile are expected to reach the semi-finals ahead of Cameroon and Australia.

While many will be tempted by Alexis Sanchez ( $6.00 ), his Chilean team-mate Eduardo Vargas ( $13.00 ) could be a smart option.

Vargas has struggled to make a mark in Europe at various clubs over the past few years but the 27-year-old remains prolific at international level with 32 goals in 68 matches.

With Germany coach Joachim Low taking an inexperienced squad to Russia, Chile could very well top Group B and progress to the final, meaning Vargas and Sanchez would get the maximum five games to try and win the Golden Shoe.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner ( $10.00 ) is Germany's shortest priced player.

The 21-year-old hasn't scored at senior international level but notched 21 goals in 31 Bundesliga games this term.

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