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Our man in the Spanish capital, Phil Kitromilides, explains why the price of 25/1 for the defender to be the leading Madridista marksman in Brazil should be snapped up

12 Real Madrid players will be competing in Brazil hoping to replicate their club success this season with their national team.

Paddy Power offer an intriguing market on which one of the Madridista dozen will be the top scorer and unsurprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo leads the betting at 8/11 (1.72).

The Ballon d'Or winner also finished as the top scorer in La Liga and the Champions League as well as sharing Europe's Golden Shoe with Luis Suarez.

Yet there are one or two question marks about his fitness and, with Portugal drawn in a tricky looking group, the World Cup may prove a tournament too far.

Just behind him is Karim Benzema at 2/1 (3.00) and the Frenchman will be relishing the chance to shine on the biggest stage of all.

With Les Bleus facing three extremely winnable group games, Madrid's No.9 might attract some attention to top the scoring charts among his club-mates.

Angel Di Maria comes next in the betting at 10/1 (11.00) yet, with Argentina boasting so many potential goalscorers, the man they call El Fideo will find it tough going to score enough to win this particular bet.

Elsewhere in the market, Croatia's Luka Modric is offered at 16/1 (17.00) , Germany's Sami Khedira at 33/1 (34.00) and Brazil's Marcelo at 50/1 (51.00).

However, most appealing of all is the price of 25/1 (26.00) for Sergio Ramos to be Madrid's top scorer at the tournament.

The defender is in the form of his life and finished the season in stunning fashion, netting six times in the final seven matches of the campaign. He remains one of the most attacking centre-backs in the game and is a constant threat from set-pieces.

His total of 16 goals for the national team is an impressive one, given his position, and Ramos is likely to start every game for La Roja.

To win this bet one may only need to score a couple of goals and, at 25/1 (26.00), the man from Seville offers terrific value.

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Sergio Ramos to be top Real Madrid scorer at 25/1 (26.00) 3.0pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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