Álvaro Alberto Saborío will carry the hopes of Costa Rica into the 2014 World Cup this summer, the Forward's 93 international caps and 32 goals giving the Group D underdogs some vital encouragement. Starring with his goalscoring exploits for MLS side Real Salt Lake, Saborío's Costa Rica side come with long World Cup betting odds to profit from that make him very much the side's go-to player, as well as on a betting front as eight qualifying goals make him the squad's top World Cup betting tip for individual goalscorer markets.
A product of CF Monterrey's youth programme, Saborío played as a reserve in the Segunda División de México with Coyotes de Saltillo in the Primera A, before making his professional career bow with native club, Saprissa.
The Costa Rican excelled within the Primera División and was top scorer of the 2003/04 campaign with 25 goals, also claiming one league title and a CONCACAF Champions Cup during his 151 appearances between 2001-2006, scoring 95 times in that period. Three years at Swiss Super League outfit FC Sion followed, with 38 goals from 91 showings appearing next to his name.
A loan spell in 2009/10 brought him to England with Bristol City, scoring twice in his 21 appearances before signing with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake in March 2010. Saborío earned the MLS Newcomer of the Year award for his substantial impact with the US side, scoring eight goals as Real Salt Lake advanced to the championship round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in his first season.
A four-year contract followed and Saborío has since raised gone on to extend his goalscoring tally to 57 in 96 appearances.
Saborío is also an important player for the Costa Rican national team at numerous levels. His International wealth of experience stretches back to a debut in 2003, a year that saw his goal qualify Costa Rica for the 2004 Olympics. A total of 93 international caps is held by Saborío who has scored 32 goals during that time, also playing in the squad's trio of 2006 World Cup defeats within the group stages.
In 15 World Cup qualifying matches for Costa Rica during the past two years, Saborío has found the back of the net a total of eight times, including a hat-trick against Guyana being arguably his most prolific showing back in June 2012.
Álvaro Saborío World Cup betting tips
The experience of Saborío will be vital within the Costa Rica side of whom may struggle to climb out of Group D against the determined England, Italy and Uruguay opposition wanting more than just group stage survival. The Forward has hit the target 32 times for his country as he climbs towards a century of international caps, and will therefore be a big World Cup betting tip for individual goalscorer markets thanks to his side's underdog position.