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Spain’s Villa can shine brightest in battle of La Liga stars

| 08.06.2010

The shortlist for the Top La Liga Goalscorer will leave bettors starry-eyed, and with the top four contenders all representing countries with realistic hopes of winning the World Cup, an avalanche of goals should ensue.

New Barcelona signing David Villa is the 3/1 favourite, and if Spain can live up to their lofty expectations, the former Valencia captain should provide a flurry of goals.

Villa has an impressive international record of 37 goals in 57 games, and he is also the 8/1 favourite to win the Golden Shoe.

Chief among Villa’s competition in this market will be his new team-mate at Camp Nou, Lionel Messi.

The diminutive Argentine is priced at 7/2, and after a season which produced 34 league goals, Messi will head to South Africa in the form of his life.

Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano is also a worthy candidate to be La Liga’s top scorer at the World Cup. With 25 goals from 38 caps, Brazil’s frontman is a strong challenger at 5/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo is another dangerous contender, having completed his first season at Real Madrid with an astounding 33 goals.

He is 6/1 to outscore his La Liga rivals, and Portuguese hopes of success in South Africa will rest heavily on the former Manchester United winger.

As a 20/1 outsider, Diego Forlan is a very tempting bet. Drawn in the wide-open Group A, Uruguay stand a strong chance of progressing to at least the round of 16, and Forlan will be a focal point of their attack.

The Atletico Madrid striker scored 18 league goals last season, following on from an exceptional 2008/09 campaign which yielded 32 goals.

It could be Villa, however, who has the final say, as he will be leading a Spanish attack which will be expected to run riot against Switzerland, Chile and Honduras.

Who do you think will be La Liga’s leading man? Kaka is 16/1. See the full Top La Liga Goalscorer market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.