Touted as the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi continues to break records at Barcelona and leave the rest of the world in amazement as he hopes to replicate that form for his country in 2014. This season was yet another sparkling addition to his already outstanding career as he became the first player to ever score against every team in the league in consecutive matches. Winner.com offer the best odds of 8/1 on Messi, and new clients can get a free £25 bet here.
Lionel Messi Golden Boot odds
Messi has an incredible record at Barcelona, scoring over 300 goals in the space of eight seasons, which has seen him move to second in the all-time overall goal scorers list at the club. He notched 46 league goals, six cup goals and eight Champions League goals as he completed a third successive season with over fifty total goals.
Despite his incredible club record, he has always been criticised for his inability to perform to the same standard for his country. Whilst his record is by no means poor with 35 goals from 82 games, many have expected his goal to game ratio to be nearer the goal every other game mark.
He has turned things around in the blue and white of Argentina since the start of 2012, scoring a total of 16 goals, including hat-tricks against Switzerland, Brazil and Guatemala. His one and only World Cup goal came against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 as he went goalless in the 2010 World Cup, despite watching Gonzalo Higuain bag himself four goals, Carlos Tevez two and Martin Demichellis, Gabriel Heinze and Martin Palermo one each. It was instead his ability to create chances that saw him recognised as one of the candidates for the Golden Ball award.
Messi will undoubtedly have another impressive season at Barcelona that will see him overtake Paulino Alcantara as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer. The one thing Messi’s career is lacking is a World Cup win and this could be his best chance to add that title to his portfolio. Always a candidate for the Golden Boot, he will be one of the favourites yet again in 2014 and this time he seems more likely to deliver.
Lionel Messi betting tips
Lionel Messi has an outside chance of becoming the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot, he certainly appeals from an each way perspective. He appeals even more to be the Player Of The Tournament, his skill and pace will not go unnoticed in what is perhaps a more average Argentina side than we are used to seeing.