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World Cup Betting: Portugal's hopes lie with Cristiano Ronaldo

4:33 PM IST 13/06/18
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Algeria friendly 2018
He finished as the Champions League's top scorer for the sixth season in a row, but can the Portuguese shine at in Russia with his national team?

Portugal head to the World Cup as continental champions, with their triumph in Euro 2016 affording them an elevated status among football's elite.

The side's success in France two years ago gave Cristiano Ronaldo an unexpected international honour to add to his mountain of individual awards and club victories.

Now the Real Madrid forward will look to captain his nation on the biggest stage of all and cause another surprise in Russia.

Top scorer

Given the relative limitations of his side and the competitiveness of their group, it would be quite some achievement if Ronaldo were to end the tournament as top scorer.

bet365 offer him at 16/1 (17.00) to net more than anyone else at the World Cup, while he is available at a realistic 8/15 (1.53) to be Portugal's top scorer.

Group betting

Portugal are clear second favourites to win Group B behind Spain, and if Ronaldo and Co. get a positive result against La Roja in their tournament opener, taking the price of 2/1 (3.00) for them to win the group would be an excellent investment. 

Top La Liga scorer

There are more than 80 players from the Spanish top flight in Russia, and Ronaldo is offered at 9/2 (5.50) to outscore the others at the tournament.

The 33-year-old netted eight fewer goals than Lionel Messi in the Primera Division this season, although he played nine fewer matches.

Messi v Ronaldo

The battle between the world's two best players will continue in Russia even if their nations do not meet.

bet365 offer Ronaldo at 6/4 (2.50) to score more goals than his Argentine rival, with Messi priced at 8/15 (1.53) to win this particular duel. 

Portugal win/top scorer

When Fernando Santos' men won Euro 2016, Ronaldo did not end the tournament as top scorer as Antoine Griezmann managed more goals than him.

Portugal are offered at 25/1 (26.00), while the Portugal win/Cristiano Ronaldo top scorer double is priced at 66/1 (67.00). Perhaps more realistic is backing Ronaldo to lead Portugal to the quarter-final, which is offered at 11/8 (2.38)

Prices correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

Portugal to make the quarter-final at 11/8 (2.38) with bet365 for a 1.5pt stake