Messi Golden Boot Favorite, but Dybala and Higuaín Have Value

Kevin Stott

Monday, February 19, 2018 6:23 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 6:23 PM UTC

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off from Russia in less than four months, and 5Dimes has posted futures odds for the Golden Boot winner, awarded to the event's highest goal-scorer. Let’s see who’s priced where and come up with some value picks.

Soccer: 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Winner Odds

The World Cup is scheduled for June 14-July 15 in 11 cities throughout Russia as 32 teams -- including defending champion and current odds favorite Germany (+450, 5Dimes) -- will look to win the most coveted trophy in sports over the 64-match span. Iceland (100/1 to reach World Cup final, 5Dimes) and Panama (250/1) will make their first appearances in the event.

In addition to the World Cup trophy, the Golden Boot is awarded to the top goal-scorer. The 2014 winner was Colombia's James Rodríguez (66/1 to win 2018 Golden Boot, 5Dimes), who finished the tourney with six goals. Germany's Thomas Müeller (25/1) snagged the Silver Boot with five goals, and Brazil's Neymar (10/1) earned the Bronze Boot with four goals.

2018 Golden Boot Futures Odds (5Dimes)

Lionel Messi +900

Neymar +1000

Cristiano Ronaldo +1100

Antoine Griezmann +1400

Gabriel Jesus +1600

Romelu Lukaku +1600

Timo Werner +1600

Harry Kane +1800

Álvaro Morata +1800

Edinson Cavani +2500

Robert Lewandowski +2500

Thomas Müeller +2500

Luis Suárez +2800

Diego Costa +3300

Paulo Dybala +3300

Radamel Falcao +3300

Olivier Giroud +3300

Gonzalo Higuaín +3300

Mauro Icardi +3300

Kylian Mbappé +3300

Eden Hazard +4000

Alexandre Lacazette +4000

André Silva +4000

Isco +4100

Mario Mandžukic +5000

Anthony Martial +5000

Dries Mertens +5000

David Silva +5000

Sandro Wagner +5000

Roberto Firmino +6600

Paulhino +6600

Marcus Rashford +6600

James Rodríguez +6600

Mohamed Salah +6600

Dele Alli +8000

Carlos Bacca +8000

Philippe Coutinho +8000

Christian Eriksen +8000

Javier Hernández +8000

Nikola Kalinic +8000

Sadio Mane +8000

Mesut Özil +8000

Jamie Vardy +8000

Kevin De Bruyne +10000

Ousmane Dembélé +10000

Leon Goretzka +10000

Arkadiusz Milik +1000

Aleksandar Mitrovic +10000

Dimitri Payet +100000

Ivan Perišic +10000

Paul Pogba +10000

Raheem Sterling +11000

Oribe Peralta +15000

Gylfi Sigurðsson +15000

Keisuke Honda +20000

Joel Campbell +50000

Bryan Ruiz +50000

Longshots Worth a Look

Two current 100/1 Golden Boot longshots are Germany’s Leon Goretzka and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne. Goretzka, who has six goals in 12 appearances for the German National Team since 2014, might earn a reputation for getting clutch goals for Die Mannschaft. Meanwhile, De Bruyne will be surrounded by a bevy of scorers on the talented Belgium team, but he always seems to be on the pitch, in front of the goal and in spots for tap-ins and easy scores.

Non-Longshots with Potential Value

Prolific striker Gonzalo Higuaín (33/1 to win Golden Boot, 5Dimes) of Argentina has 31 goals in 68 appearances for La Albiceleste. With Messi (9/1) running the show for Argentina, backing Higuaín (14 goals for Juventus, 2017-18) and/or teammate Paulo Dybala (33/1; 14 goals for Juventus, 2017-18) seems worth it from this distance.

Free Golden Boot Picks: Paulo Dybala (Argentina) +3300; Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) +3300

Free Golden Boot Longshot Picks: Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) +10000; Leon Goretzka (Germany) +10000

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