Following another sensational 12 months in the career of Cristiano Ronaldo it is no surprise he is one of the bookmakers’ favourites to be tournament top scorer and player of the tournament at the 2014 World Cup. His track record at UEFA and FIFA international tournaments make him a stand out choice for individual match betting markets like first/last anytime goalscorer, assist, man of the match and player to score a hat-trick.
The 2014 Ballon d’Or winner is arguably playing the finest football of his career during the previous 12 months, and will lead Portugal’s chances in the 2014 World Cup having ended 2013 on a personal record 69 goals in 59 appearances.
Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Andorinha, where he played for two years before moving to C.D. Nacional. In 1997 he made a move to Portuguese giants, Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Ronaldo moved to the Premier League and Manchester United for £12.24 million in 2003, wearing the number seven shirt he would hold ever since. From 292 appearances with Manchester United, Ronaldo scored 118 times – 84 times in the Premier League alone – from four shy of 200 games.
A record-setting £80 million transfer – recently broken by new team-mate Gareth bale in 2013 – saw Ronaldo poached to Spanish club Real Madrid in June 2009, where his goal-scoring brilliance remained up until the current day, holding more goals at the club than appearances at the Spanish giants since his 2009 move with over 230 beside his name by February 2014.
Ronaldo holds two Ballon d’Or awards, as well as the Premier League title with Manchester United three times between 2006 and 2009, two League Cups, the 2004 FA Cup and a famous 2007–08 UEFA Champions League victory with Manchester United over Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out (during which Ronaldo scored but missed a penalty in the shoot-out). Ronaldo also holds a La Liga crown with Madrid in 2011–12, the 2010 Copa del Rey and 2012 Supercopa de Espana.
Ronaldo scored once in his four 2010 World Cup appearances, having previously played his role in the side’s 2006 run to the semi-finals with one goal in seven matches. Ronaldo aided Portugal’s 2014 World Cup qualifying bid with eight goals in 10 games, as well as two hat-tricks including one in the play-offs to deny Sweden a place in Brazil.
Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Betting Tips
The stats and current form of Ronaldo make him an obvious choice in all the 2014 World Cup goalscorer markets. The prolific Portuguese striker vies with Lionel Messi for top tournament goal scorer and we’d suggest caution about jumping on his relatively short odds for the Golden Boot at Brazil 2014. Portugal have drawn Germany, Ghana and USA in Group G and while they have a fair chance of qualifying for the knock outs, they will play some of the better organised defences in the competition.