It is difficult to win the World Cup, it is almost impossible to keep hold of it. Something that France boss Didier Deschamps will have to be wary of in Qatar.
Four years ago, only the most clued-up football fans were aware of Kylian Mbappe. A precocious youngster who may have caught the attention during the 2017/18 season but was yet to truly announce himself on the world’s biggest stage.
That was until events in Russia and with him growing up on the football field in double-quick time, there was no doubt that Mbappe earned the tag of breakout star at the previous edition of the World Cup.
Now though, everybody knows the talents of the PSG forward and although many will argue that such talents are wasted in the French capital, such a discussion will be placed on the backburner for the next few weeks.
With France looking to begin their defence of trophy against Australia, the 23-year-old will be licking his lips at the prospect of goals and plenty of them at the same time. While this is something that the bookmakers are also anticipating.
Because before a ball is even kicked, Mbappe is currently priced at odds of 5/4 to finish as the top scorer for Les Blues and although he is the favourite in this market for good reason, there may have to be a note of caution which is applied.
If only because manager Didier Deschamps has so many other attacking options to choose from and the second of those will undoubtedly be Karim Benzema, as the Real Madrid forward continues his renaissance in front of goal.
At 34 years of age, it is fair to say that Benzema is showing no signs of slowing down and if he can find the golden touch against the likes of Australia or Tunisia in the group stage, backing him to top the French charts at 7/4 may just offer a tiny bit more in the way of value.
Then again, the list of attacking talent that can be called upon is almost bordering on ludicrous as far as France are concerned and the third favourite in this market is none other than Antoine Griezmann.
The current Atletico star – albeit with tactical substitutions to avoid paying Barcelona more money, may not have scored for France in this calendar year but he has assembled over 40 goals for his country.
Which means Griezmann may be due for a renaissance of his own and if you fancy him to somehow get the better of both Mbappe and Benzema, you can back him at odds of 7/1 to fly the scoring flag for France.
Of course, when it comes to top scorers for France you cannot leave Olivier Giroud out of the conversation either. The Milan forward may struggle to find his way in the France starting eleven, but he is no slouch when it comes to being an impact sub.
Although for Giroud to truly offer an impact of his own, his teammates are going to have to continuously stutter up top and if that proves to be the case, an early exit and shades of 2002 in the Far East might be just around the corner.
With the former Arsenal forward currently priced at 14/1, he finds himself at the same odds as Ousmane Dembele and backing either of this pair will not be the worst World Cup bet that a punter could make.
However, sometimes you must go where the money is and with Mbappe’s odds being as short as they are, this might be one of the better bets that you place before the tournament really gets going.