While we are talking about the Golden Ball Award, we have to mention Messi; however, Argentina’s untimely exit means he won’t be winning the award during this World Cup.
He was definitely a serious contender for the World Cup Golden Boot 2018; however, the bad performances from the whole Argentinians team made sure that it won’t happen. Once again football proved that it’s a team game and that one player, no matter how good he is, can’t do everything alone. His heroics during the World Cup qualifiers where he helped Argentina secure a place for the World Cup, proved to be enough only for them to reach the last 16 phase. Nevertheless, he won’t be taking the “Adidas Golden Ball” back home.
There are other strong players left to challenge for this award. One of them is Brazil’s talisman Neymar. He is backed by bookmakers at 11/2 – 6.50 to win the World Cup Golden Boot 2018. Additionally, there is France’s Antoine Griezmann who had a fantastic season with Atletico Madrid, winning the Europa League, and he is backed at 25/1 – 26.00. England’s Harry Kane who scored 30 goals for Tottenham this season is backed at 4/1 – 5.00. The fact that England’s World Cup fixtures include games against minnows Panama and Tunisia further help his case.
It wouldn’t be the same FIFA Club World Cup without Madrid’s Ronaldo who is always a contender for winning the World Cup Golden Boot 2018. However, together with his eternal rival Messi and Egypt’s hero Mohamed Salah, they met an untimely end to their World Cup campaign.
If we look at the World Cup groups then it’s obvious we have to mention three more fantastic players. During most of their World Cup fixtures, France showed that another player will most likely be their hero. We are talking about Kylian Mbappe, who even though is only 19 years old, managed to score two and assist one goal against Argentina. Bookmakers are backing him at 10/3 – 4.33 to win the Golden Ball award.
This football World Cup also brings us Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku. Even though Eden Hazard is the brain of the whole operation, Belgium won’t be able to reach the final without Lukaku’s goals. The odds for him winning the World Cup Golden Ball 2018 at the moment are 25/1 – 26.00
Last but not least, we have to mention a player from the squad that has been the biggest surprise in the tournament so far. This is, of course, Croatia who managed to win all their group fixtures, including a 3-0 victory over Argentina. It was harder against Denmark where they needed a penalty shootout; however, they will be facing Russia in the quarterfinals which most likely means that Croatia will play in the semi-finals. The most important player they have is Luka Modric. Even though he missed a penalty against Denmark, he is still expected to be the hero of his nation. Bookmakers are backing him at 12/1 – 13.00 to bring this award home and he might be a serious contender if Croatia reaches the final.
On the other hand, there are a couple of goalkeepers who will do their best to ruin the hopes and dreams of every goalscorer. You can read more about them in our Who Will Win the Golden Glove at the World Cup?
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