Five picks to be the 2017/18 Champions League Top Goalscorer

Following the third round of Champions League group stage contests, competition for this season’s top goalscorer crown looks remarkably intense. The sole winner of the last two awards have gone to Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo, who officially has six prize successes to his name already. have decided to take a look at a number of this season’s likely candidates:

Cristiano Ronaldo – 2/1 with Bet365

We touched upon Ronaldo’s prowess when it comes to European goals, but his consistency deserves a special merit. From the 2011/12 season onwards, CR7 has scored 10 times at least in every Champions League campaign, bagging 17 at the most in Real Madrid’s 2013/14 triumph. Ronaldo is currently available at 2/1 to seal another success and he’s joint leader at the top with Harry Kane as it stands. Printing money?

Lionel Messi – 7/2 with Bet365

Ronaldo’s old arch-nemesis Lionel Messi is current the bookmakers second favourite, despite already being two goals behind the Portuguese international. Messi has five Champions League top goalscorer awards to his name already and has began the new season in dazzling form with 15 goals in 13 matches in all competition. Surely he’ll be up there in May?

Harry Kane – 6/1 with Bet365

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One man who is rapidly on the rise right now is Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who has notably scored more goals in 2017 than expected Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Kane has proven his credentials domestically with two successive Premier League golden boot awards and 35 goals in 38 games in all competitions last term. He’s currently tied with Ronaldo on five goals as Spurs lead their group. Could the Englishman surprise the favourites?

Edinson Cavani – 7/1 with Bet365

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Renowned across Europe for verging on ten years now, Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani is like a fine wine – he gets better with age. Following three highly successful years with Napoli, Cavani moved to PSG in 2013 and made a regular impact offensively, despite often playing second fiddle behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With the Swede gone, Cavani found the net 49 times in 50 club games last season and he’s got 12 in 12 so far – including 4 in Europe. Can El Matador outscore his rivals?

Neymar – 12/1 with Bet365

The world’s most expensive player hasn’t failed to live up to the billing since his 200m move to PSG in the summer, finding the net 9 times in 10 matches thus far. Many people don’t remember this, but Neymar jointly won this award with Ronaldo and Messi back in 2014/15. The Brazilian has began this campaign with 3 goals in 3 European matches and with Cavani and Mbappe alongside him, he looks a serious threat.

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