Mario Gomez leads Euro 2012 Golden Boot market but the best value is backing Cristiano Ronaldo
Phil Kitromilides takes a look at the players in the running for the Golden Boot award in Poland and Ukraine and believes the best bet is siding with Portugal's main manHaving been a universally popular pick for the Golden Boot before Euro 2012 began, three goals in the opening three matches sees Mario Gomez lead the betting in the race to be the top goalscorer, with Bet365 pricing him at 6/4 (2.50).
The German forward has shown himself to be as adept a finisher as there is in the tournament and with Germany facing an eminently winnable quarter-final tie against Greece, there is every chance that Gomez will add to his tally and that his side will progress to the last four.
Next in the betting comes Cristiano Ronaldo, who has two goals to his name, and whose exceptional individual performance for Portugal against Netherlands showed just what a potent force the Real Madrid attacker can be on the international stage.
He is offered at 7/2 (4.50) and with Portugal also facing a winnable quarter-final clash against Czech Republic, Ronaldo will fancy his chances of both scoring and progressing.
His impressive performance against the Dutch indicates an upturn in fortunes which will worry Portugal's potential future opponents. Now is the time to back Ronaldo to show his class and he looks the best value at 7/2 (4.50) and is well worth investing in.
Sympathy and derision have been offered to Fernando Torres in equal measure after another intensely frustrating domestic campaign with Chelsea.
Yet the most expensive player in the history of British football is beginning to show glimpses of the kind of form which saw him score the winning goal in the final of the tournament four years ago for Spain.
His two strikes against the Republic of Ireland plus his likely starting place in Saturday's quarter-final against France means he is third in the betting at 11/2 (6.50), with his team-mate Cesc Fabregas just behind him at 16/1 (17.00) with Bet365.
Having opened his account for England in the win over Ukraine with his first tournament goal in eight years, Wayne Rooney is offered at 25/1 (26.00), while mercurial Mario Balotelli is available with his Italian team-mates Antonio Cassano and Antonio Di Natale at 50/1 (51.00).
Back Cristiano Ronaldo to finish as Euro 2012's top scorer at 7/2 (4.50) with Bet365
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter
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