Who do you think will be the top goal scorer for the World Cup in South Africa 2010? Some names that are being tossed around to be the best strikers are Wayne Rooney, Christiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. There are other great players that are worth mentioning but you have to take into consideration team performance and injuries. Also the more games these players can play the more chances they have for scoring more goals.
There are many hyped up players who will cost more money and not give you a good return on investment for your bets. Another aspect is you must think of what players have good chances to make it to the knock out rounds of the world cup. You wouldn't want to risk taking players in the group of death so here is a break down of players you should avoid betting on.
He will most likely win his second FIFA player of the year award and is regarded as the world's best footballer. For FC Barcelona he is a star and lead the team and Spanish league in goals but with Argentina he plays a different role where he doesn't get the opportunity to play the same style of football. On top of this Argentina had a tough time qualifying for the tournament. I would expect Argentina to find a way to fail and Messi not getting the same opportunity to shine like he does in Barcelona. Messi is a bad bet.
Like Lionel Messi, Ronaldo doesn't get the same spotlight he does when he scored all those goals for Manchester United. Portugal will rely on more than just 1 player to account for their goal scoring. On top of this Portugal will have a tough group to make it out of so there is a chance they might not make it.
Drogba is a great player and scores plenty for Ivory coast but this player is currently injured and might not get to play in the tournament. In addition Ivory Coast are in the group of death and have to come out on top against Brazil, Portugal and North Korea.
Value bets on top goal scorer
If you're not going to bet on Messi or Ronaldo here is a quick list of players that make for good value bets.
Rooney is having a great season and despite his injuries this season expect him to have an important goal scoring role for team England. On top of this England have a great chance to finish first in their group and I'd expect them to be playing further into the tournament.
This player is now signed with FC Barcelona and lead the euro championships in goals and helped Spain win that tournament. Spain are looking stronger than ever and expect Villa to do some damage and score many goals in the tournament and play out of their group.
This player will be relied upon to carry Germany out of the group stage and has always performed for the Germans. At 25/1 this is a great value bet for a player that has a better chance than Messi.
|David Villa (Spain)||15/2|
|Leo Messi (Argentina)||10/1|
|Wayne Rooney (England)||10/1|
|Robin Van Persie (Holland)||10/1|
|Clemente Luis Fabiano (Brazil)||12/1|
|Fernando Torres (Spain)||14/1|
|Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)||18/1|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)||22/1|
|Miroslav Klose (Germany)||25/1|
|De Souza Robinho (Brazil)||28/1|
|Diego Milito (Argentina)||28/1|
|Ricardo Kaka (Brazil)||33/1|
|Carlos Tevez (Argentina)||33/1|
|Jermain Defoe (England)||33/1|
|Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)||33/1|
|Sergio Aguero (Argentina)||40/1|
|Nicolas Anelka (France)||40/1|
|Mario Gomez (Germany)||40/1|
|Peter Crouch (England)||40/1|
|Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Holland)||40/1|
|Vincenzo Iaquinta (Italy)||40/1|
|Arjen Robben (Holland)||40/1|
|Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)||50/1|
|Javier Hernandez (Mexico)||50/1|