With four league titles to his name, Alexis Sanchez will enter as Chile’s main threat during the 2014 World Cup with experience at International level accompanying his time at Spanish footballing giants, Barcelona. Pundits will remember his mauling of England in late 2013 and Sanchez will be the one to place your faith to be on the score sheet in Brazil, the Chile star potentially finding support to be top scorer of the tournament this summer.
Sanchez joined Italian Serie A side Udinese Calcio in 2006, scoring 21 goals from 97 starts with the squad until 2011 during which he was loaned out to two clubs which brought him success in Chile and Argentina.
Loaned to one of Chile's biggest teams, Colo-Colo, on a season-long deal, Sanchez claimed two league titles before moving on loan to River Plate and subsequently also claiming another league title one year later.
On 20 July 2011, a €26 million fee was agreed for Sanchez to join FC Barcelona, the versatile forward and winger becoming the first Chilean to ever play for the club.
Scoring his first Barcelona goal against Villarreal in 2011 during a 5-0 victory, Sanchez has since passed 36 goals for the Spanish side from over 110 starts and a La Liga title in 2012–13. Sanchez also added the Copa del Rey in 2011–12 to his honours list, a pair of Supercopa de España, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2011.
Sanchez enters the 2014 World Cup on a fine run of form having scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona in a 4–0 win against Elche CF on 5 January 2014, as well as both goals during Chile’s 2–0 victory in an International friendly over England at Wembley - emulating Marcelo Salas’ national achievement from 1998.
Teaming up with former fellow Udinese compatriot Mauricio Isla in Chile’s 2014 World Cup squad, Sanchez’s danger in front of goal and attacking style of play for the International squad make him the leading figure of the Chilean squad during the 2014 World Cup. Sanchez has scored 22 goals prior to the start of the year from 64 starts for the national side.
In 10 World Cup qualifier appearances, Sanchez scored four goals to confirm his side’s participation this summer, having previously made four appearances in the 2010 World Cup without a goal to his name.
Alexis Sanchez World Cup Betting Tips
Sanchez is certainly a major tip to add to your slip for individual match goalscorer markets to score first, last or anytime during the group stage matches of the World Cup. He is placed however in a tough Group B consisting of Spain, Australia and the Netherlands, and will be a long shot for top goal scorer of the tournament in that case.
The Barcelona striker rewarded followers by scoring the first goal in Chile's 3-1 win over Australian in their opening Group B game and bookies reacted my shortening his odds to be Chile's top scorer at the World Cup.