The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner and excitement is growing amongst football fans across the globe.
Hosts Russia kick things off against Saudi Arabia on June 14, but they aren’t expected to be around when the tournament reaches its climax a month later.
The battle to be the top goalscorer at the World Cup is also likely to be hotly contested, with numerous star names in the running to win the prestigious Golden Boot.
Read on as we take a look at the main contenders.
Lionel Messi – Argentina
Messi is favourite to claim the Golden Boot this summer and he’ll be desperate to make his mark at what could be his last chance of winning the World Cup.
An opening group of Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria should hold no fears, but the 30-year-old must be on top of his game if Argentina are to progress to the later stages of the tournament.
Check out this Unibet sports review ahead of the World Cup for details about the various betting opportunities including the top goalscorer market.
Neymar – Brazil
The 26-year-old is the most expensive footballer in the world, but his switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain left many pundits questioning his desire to play on the highest stage.
Neymar has been battling to be fit for the World Cup, although he should be ready to take his place in Brazil’s starting line-up.
Brazil have picked a star-studded squad for the tournament and Neymar will have plenty of chances to get his name on the scoresheet in Russia.
Antoine Griezmann – France
The 27-year-old has been in fine form for Atletico Madrid this season, helping the club win the Europa League.
The Barcelona-target was the top scorer at Euro 2016 and he will be keen to showcase his goalscoring talent in Russia.
France have drawn Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stage and Griezmann will fancy his chances of getting his tournament off to a flyer.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Ronaldo has enjoyed another prolific season with Real Madrid, but he still has a point to prove at World Cup level.
The 33-year-old has scored just three goals at previous tournaments and that record will undoubtedly be bruising his sizeable ego.
Spain will be a tough test during the opening stage, but Ronaldo could have a field day against the likes of Morocco and Iran and he is worth checking out in the Golden Boot betting market.