Betting Special: Who will be the Champions League's leading scorer this season?

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It has been a long time since Cristiano Ronaldo did not end the season as the competition's top scorer, and he is favourite to triumph once more

After last season's group stage, Cristiano Ronaldo had scored just two goals and it looked as if the Real Madrid forward was on course for one of his most disappointing goal tallies in the Champions League.

The Portuguese international, however, found his scoring form in spectacular fashion in the latter stages, scoring 10 goals from the quarter finals onwards to end the tournament not only as European champion but also as top scorer.

Ronaldo remains the top scorer in the history of the competition and it is unsurprising to find him as favourite to once more end the tournament as the most prolific marksman. bet365 price Ronaldo at 4/1 (5.00) and the 32-year-old has been the Champions League's top scorer in each of the last five seasons - although in 2015 he finished on 10 goals with both Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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Messi, for his part, can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) while Neymar is offered at 12/1 (13.00) and the Brazilian will surely be the fulcrum of PSG's attacking play. Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, meanwhile, is priced at 8/1 (9.00) and the Bavarians have been drawn in the same group as PSG, as well as Anderlecht and Celtic.

When it comes to the Champions League's top scorer market, it is always worth considering the group stage draw, as well a team's likelihood for progression - if a player's team is up against much inferior opposition in the group stages it could be a chance for them to rack up the goals.

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That did not prove the case for Ronaldo last season as discussed, although the striker will surely be looking forward to facing Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia at the Bernabeu in Madrid's opening game.

Arguably the weakest side in the tournament are Qarabag, with the Azerbaijan outfit making their debut in the competition. They have been draw in the same group as Chelsea, meaning Alvaro Morata will fancy his chances of scoring plenty of goals, although the Blues are also in the same group as notoriously defensive Atletico Madrid.

Nevertheless, the price of 40/1 (41.00) for Morata looks to offer some value, especially as the Spain international has plenty of experience of scoring goals in the competition. 

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