A striking powerhouse against tamer group stage opposition, Gonzalo Higuain will be one of Argentina’s biggest influences in the tournament and therefore a serious betting tip to be top goal scorer in the summer event. Playing with equally venerable team-mates, the on-form ex- Real Madrid star’s longer odds should be favourable in the individual match goalscorer markets across the bookmakers.
Born in France and holding dual nationality, Higuain is one of only three foreign-born players to have played for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup. Higuaín was called up by the Argentina Olympic squad for a friendly match against Guatemala in February 2008, and scored two goals in his debut as Argentina won 5–0.
Signed by Real Madrid in 2006 for €12 million from Club Atlético River Plate, the 26-year-old striker’s enviable scoring record for the Spanish giants stretched to 108 goals in a total of 190 appearances and notching up three La Liga crowns between 2006-12.
Now playing for Napoli having completed reported £34.5 million transfer to the Italian club, Higuain has continued that scoring record which Argentina will rely on heavily during their trip to Brazil in the summer.
Part of an Argentine squad containing the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Higuain could play more of an assisting role than he would at his current Italian club, but will continue to be a major threat in front of goal.
Since 2006, Higuain’s scoring percentage sits at over half from his combined appearances made Real Madrid, Napoli and International career. Higuain also netted a hat-trick at World Cup level during the 2010 tournament during a 4-1 victory over Korea Republic, three of 21 goals from his 35 appearances with the national squad from 2009.
Gonzalo Higuain World Cup Betting Tips
These statistics make his odds of being top goal scorer massive and he’s one to consider along with team-mates Messi and Aguero who carry shorter odds. It could prove profitable to choose Higuain for individual match goalscorer markets, as he was the top scorer in the South American qualifying section with nine goals.
Argentina made a slow start to their World Cup campaign in Brazil, struggling to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina (2-1) and Iran (1-0). Higuain played in both games without finding the net and his odds drifted as his chances of winning the Golden Boot waned.