For a man with 102 league goals to his name in the last five seasons and, injury-permitting, will lead the line for one of the nations tipped to shine at the World Cup, a price of 25/1 to outscore all of his striking rivals in Brazil appears too generous to be available to bet on.
It is, in fact, a viable punt ahead of this summer’s festivities, with Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao inexplicably unfancied in the running to top the World Cup scoring charts.
Plundering goals for fun at club level isn’t so straightforward on the international scene, but with Colombia placed in Group C, one they should easily navigate, it’s not inconceivable for him to have the award almost wrapped up before the knockout stages commence.
In all but one of the past nine World Cups six goals would have sufficed to claim the spoils in this market and, owing to some masterful timing, Falcao is enjoying his finest season in Colombian yellow, bagging nine goals in 12 starts.
His side are unquestionably the strongest in a group consisting of Japan, Ivory Coast and Greece, whereas shorter price rivals such as Cristiano Ronaldo (14/1) and Luis Suarez (16/1) must contend with the might of Germany and Italy respectively.
Lionel Messi – market leader at 8/1 – is yet to excel at a World Cup and has endured an injury-riddled season to date. Teammate Sergio Aguero (16/1) won’t benefit from being the focal point of the Argentinean attack as he does at Manchester City, which could potentially negate his goal threat, while it’ll be interesting to see how Brazil’s Neymar (10/1) copes with the pressure of firing his country to glory on home soil.
These five players are all priced shorter than Falcao, yet any case made for him to better their World Cup tallies is as strong as, if not stronger, than any of theirs. His price to be the deadliest marksman in Brazil this summer simply cannot be missed.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date
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