Vital World Cup final cogs get price to score first boosted

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Pressure doesn’t come heavier than being your country’s go-to man for goals in a World Cup final and for Lionel Messi and Thomas Mueller how they handle the strain could be pivotal on who is crowned football’s world champions.

Both men have shone for their respective nations over the course of the finals, with Germany benefitting from five Mueller goals and Argentina heavily reliant on the Barcelona star’s four to reach this stage of the competition.

Not many Ladbrokes customers would look beyond the two when placing first goalscorer bets for the showpiece match and with the bookie taking the decision to boost the price of BOTH players, it could be that no other member of either squad sees a penny squandered on their price.

Muller is now an 6/1 chance to score the final’s first goal which is an improvement on the 11/2 originally planned for the fluid Bayern Munich forward, while Messi is a 5/1 chance instead of 13/2 for the same accolade.

Among the five strikes Muller has managed in the tournament so far, three of them have got the scoreboard rolling, which is a vast improvement on the two he managed from 13 goals for Bayern last season.

Conversely, Messi has also smashed the deadlock three times at these finals, but was a far more reliable first goalscorer over the course of his domestic season, contributing to winning bets six times in his 26 La Liga goals.

However, as the Argentine maestro is yet to score in the knockout stages of the World Cup, the pendulum swings Mueller’s way when it comes to splitting the hairs of these two deliciously priced boosts.

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