Givanildo Vieira de Souza, commonly known as Hulk, will be a powerful part of a Brazilian side currently the 2014 World Cup betting favourites with the bookmakers. The former Europa League-winning winger will be a popular individual goalscorer betting tip, as well as one to fight for the Golden Boot based on his goal-scoring record at club level.
Hulk started professionally with Vitória and followed that with three years in Japan, before making a name for himself in Portugal with a Porto side he won 10 major titles with.
Scoring a total of 78 goals and 56 assists with Porto from 169 appearances between 2008-13, Hulk currently plays for Russian squad Zenit Saint Petersburg and made his International debut back in 2009.
Hulk’s success list is enviable, collecting four Primeira Liga titles between 2008 and 2013 and three Taça de Portuga crowns. he also helped towards a trio of Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira wins and a famous Europa League Championship triumph with Porto in 2010-11.
Former Primeria Liga Player of the Year in 2010/11 and 2011/12, Hulk was top goal scorer during the first of those seasons, and has scored eight goals prior to 2014 for Brazil's national squad having made over 30 starts.
Hulk’s International career for Brazil started in 2009, and three years later he scored his first brace of goals during a 3-1 friendly triumph against Denmark. The 2014 World Cup will be Hulk’s tournament debut, previous accolades including a silver medal at the Summer Olympic Games, plus victory in the FIFA Confederations Cup during 2013.
The winger will be one of many players in a Brazilian side likely to chop and change during the World Cup fixtures, but will undoubtedly shine alongside the likes of Neymar and Oscar in the hunt for goals he is more than capable of scoring.
Hulk World Cup Betting Tips
Part of a strong line-up that places Brazil as the bookmakers’ 2014 World Cup betting favourites, Hulk enters the tournament as one of Brazil’s best candidates to be top goal scorer of the tournament and even player of the tournament – definitely one to follow in individual goalscorer markets throughout the event.