Bookmakers can't split Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League top scorer market

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A match day one double for both Barcelona and Real Madrid's leading men has seen them cut to 16/5 joint favourites for the prize with dabblebet

Despite Paris Saint-Germain's position as 11/2 (6.50) second favourites for the Champions League this season, the top scorer race has a very familiar feel about it after one round of fixtures.

Lionel Messi was impressive as Barcelona swept aside last season's beaten finalists Juventus at the Camp Nou. The Argentina international hit a double in that game, as did Cristiano Ronaldo as APOEL Nicosia failed to trouble the reigning European champions.

dabblebet have both players at 16/5 (4.20) to be crowned the competition's top scorer this term, although the Real Madrid frontman's continued dominance of this award is unrivalled.

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The 32-year-old has won the prize for five straight seasons (joint in 14/15) and with Los Blancos the market principles once again, Ronaldo should have plenty of matches with which to improve upon his tally of 109 Champions League goals.

Edinson Cavani (8/1), who has two for the campaign, is the shortest priced PSG player ahead of Neymar (12/1) and Kylian Mbappe (16/1) after all three players found the net against Celtic in a 5-0 win.

The issue with the Ligue 1 side may well be that while they'll score plenty, the goals could be shared between their three-pronged attack more so than at either Madrid or Barcelona.

Robert Lewandowski is 9/1 (10.0) after opening his account in Bayern's 3-0 victory over Anderlecht on Tuesday but Luis Suarez, who failed to get on the scoresheet this week, is now 14/1 (15.0).

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The Premier League contingent come next with Romelu Lukaku (16/1), Harry Kane (18/1), Sergio Augero (22/1) and Gabriel Jesus (25/1) all starting well for their respective sides.

The fact that Kane remains at such a big price despite netting a double at Wembley is testament to how much of a struggle the bookmakers believe Spurs will have in the latter stages of the competition, even after a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Alvaro Morata missed Chelsea's win over Qarabag and if Michy Batshuayi is going to be a regular starter in the group stage then the 40/1 (41.0) quotes about the Spain international look best avoided.

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