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Champions League Top Goal Scorer: It's Messi and the Rest

We’re halfway through the EUFA Champions League group stage and it looks like we are no closer to seeing someone not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo win the European competition’s Golden Boot. One of those two men has outright won or held a share of the award for a full decade now and Messi currently sits in the lead as he’s potted a ridiculous six goals through the first round of group play games.

Bovada has odds up with action getting back underway and has pegged the great Messi with a -135 line to remain at the top of the goal scoring pack for the entirety of the 2016-17 Champions League. The Barcelona star has not had the trophy all to himself since 2011-12 when he won it for the fourth consecutive year.

Ronaldo, the defending Golden Boot winner, has put his name on the trophy four years in a row and came within one goal of tying his Champions League record of 17 last year. Ronaldo is second on the list behind Messi with +600 odds and although he has scored just two goals in three contests, it’s tough to count out the man who owns the all-time lead in Champions League goal scoring with 95.

Edinson Cavani is currently the only man within two goals of Messi as he’s found the net four times in three contests. The Argentinian is now the man at PSG with the English departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he has a chance to stick close to the lead if Paris keeps winning – something PSG is not used to doing in European competition. Cavani’s League 1 team has never made the Champions League final.

Bayern Munich has a candidate near the top of the odds list as well with their star Polish striker Robert Lewandowski popping two goals in the German club’s three fixtures. Lewandowski is no stranger to finding the back of the net as he currently has seven goals in the Bundesliga and has actually taken the Golden Boot in the top German league two of the last three years. The 30 he scored last season were the most the Bundesliga had seen since the 1976-77 season.

Keep in mind that six of the last nine Golden Boot winners have been on the winning team and the teams currently favored to take the Champions League are Barcelona (+275), Bayern Munich (+335) and Real Madrid (+550).

Champions League Futures: Top Goal Scorer

Odds as of October 31 at Bovada

  • Lionel Messi -135
  • Cristiano Ronaldo +600
  • Luis Suarez +700
  • Edinson Cavani +1000
  • Sergio Aguero +1200
  • Robert Lewandowski +1200
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang +1600
  • Neymar +2000
  • Arkadiusz Milik +2000
  • Thomas Muller +2000
  • Gonzalo Higuain +3300
  • Gareth Bale +4000
  • Alexis Sanchez +4000
  • Alvaro Morata +5000
  • Antoine Griezmann +6600
  • Karim Benzema +8000
  • Paulo Dybala +8000
  • Jamie Vardy +10000
  • Alexandre Lacazette +12500
  • Kevin Gameiro +12500
  • Marco Reus +12500
  • Arjen Robben +15000
  • Franck Ribery +15000
  • Harry Kane +15000
  • Hatem Ben Arfa +15000
  • Mario Mandzukic +15000
  • Olivier Giroud +15000
  • Raheem Sterling +15000
  • Javier Hernandez +20000
  • Kevin De Bruyne +20000

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