The Golden Boot - World Cup 2014 Favorites

With only the final and third-place games remaining at the 2014 World Cup, five players remain on the odds list for the Golden Boot.

Two are 80-1 longshots (Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands), and two are playing in the Germany vs. Argentina final. And the current leaders and odds-on favorite to win the Godlen Boot isn`t even playing.

James Rodriguez has six goals, but his Colombian side went out in the quarterfinals. he is 4-9 to win it. Thomas Muller has five goals and is 5-2, while Lionel Messi has four goals and sits at 12-1.

Golden Boot odds to score the most World Cup goals, courtesy of Bodog:

James Rodriguez (Colombia)    4/9
Thomas Muller (Germany)    5/2
Lionel Messi (Argentina)    12/1
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)    80/1
Robin Van Persie (Netherlands)    80/1

Archived content from before semifinals.

There are several players that have solid World Cup betting odds to win the Golden Boot, with James Rodriguez the surprising leader in goals, as the semifinals matches are set to begin.

Rodriguez scored on a penalty against Brazil, taking the Colombian's total to six and he is now the big favorite at 8-11 odds at Bodog.

Behind him, Lionel Messi is 3-1 as oddsmakers feel he could easily score a few more if the Argentines win and advance to the Cup final. German Thomas Muller has four goals, but has been stymied in the past two games as the Germans face Braziil Tuesday.

The two Dutchmen rank fourth and fifth on the list with Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain a distant sixth betting choice at 150-1.

James Rodriguez (Colombia)    8/11
Lionel Messi (Argentina)    3/1
Thomas Muller (Germany)    5/1
Robin Van Persie (Netherlands)    16/1
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)    20/1
Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)    150/1

Archived content from before quarterfinals.

Here are the players with the top seven odds to win the Golden Boot and while Bet365 has odds posted for many other players they all are long shots to be the top goal scorer.

Lionel Messi 5/2

Messi is carrying the Argentina offense and while a couple of the players from the squad had good odds they have not helped out the Barcelona superstar. He is tied with a couple other players with four goals apiece, which is the second most in the World Cup. Messi has a tall task in the quarterfinals trying to score facing a Belgium squad that has a great defense.

James Rodriguez 11/4

Rodriguez has been a surprise in the World Cup and as the quarterfinals are set he leads the tournament with five goals. He goes up against a stout Brazil defense in the quarterfinals, but Colombia is in top form and Rodriguez has gotten solid help from the midfield.

Junior Neymar 7/2

Neymar has four goals and has been the catalyst of the Brazil attack. Other players like Fred have not helped him out much, but he has taken advantage of scoring chances. It helps him that he has Oscar and a solid midfield that creates many scoring opportunities.

Thomas Muller 9/2

Muller has four goals and he has gotten help with five other players for Germany that each has a goal. His squad faces France in the quarters and in the semis they may have to face a Brazil squad that has a good defense.

Robin van Persie 12/1

Van Persie has three goals even though he did have to sit one match after picking up a red card. One major thing the Dutch striker has going for him is that opposing defense cannot key on him since his squad has such a great overall attack with several players that can find the back of the net.

Arjen Robben 18/1

Robben also has three goals and he and van Persie lead the great Dutch attack.

Karim Benzema 18/1

Benzema has three goals that leads France and while his squad is the betting underdog facing the Netherlands in the quarterfinals the Dutch have a suspect defense.

Here are the odds for the players with the best odds to win the Golden Boot and you can see all the players with odds at Bet365.

Lionel Messi 5/2
James Rodriguez 11/4
Junior Neymar 7/2
Thomas Muller 9/2
Robin van Persie 12/1
Arjen Robben 18/1
Karim Benzema 18/1


The Golden Boot is the trophy that is given to the top goal scorer of the World Cup. Brazil is the host of the World Cup and they have the most Golden Boot winners with four with the most recent being Ronaldo in 2002. In 1994 Russia’s Oleg Salenko shared the Golden Boot award with Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov and he is the only player that has won the award for a team that was eliminated in the group stage.

In the sixteen World Cup tournaments seven sole winners of the Golden Boot have come from teams that have made the finals.

2014 Golden Boot Candidates

While betting odds are not out for the Golden Boot there are several players that you can be sure will be in the running.

It is a safe bet that Argentina’s Lionel Messi will have the best betting odds to win the Golden Boot. He is, arguably, the greatest forward ever to play the game and he not only broke the record for most goals in a La Liga season with Barcelona last season, but also has been playing great in international competition.

Host Brazil features Neymar on the attack and he won the Golden Ball award for the best player in June’s Confederations Cup scoring in four goals of five matches.

Spain striker Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot award in the Confederations Cup with five goals in the competition. He has the luxury of playing for Spain, who has the best midfield in the world, so Torres will have his chances in Brazil.

Germany’s Marco Reus is a midfielder, but an attacking one that has a chance to win the Golden Boot for Germany for the third straight World Cup. Fellow countryman Thomas Müller won the Golden Boot in South Africa in 2010 and may be in the mix yet again.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a goal-scoring machine for Portugal and while the team disappointed at the 2012 European Championship the Real Madrid striker still had three goals.

A few other players that may have a legitimate shot at the Golden Boot are England’s Wayne Rooney, Columbia’s Falcao, and Holland’s Robin Van Persie.

Odds to World Cup Win Golden Boot at Bovada as of June 3rd 2014

Lionel Messi (Argentina) 15/2
Neymar (Brazil) 10/1
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 12/1
Sergio Aguero (Argentina) 14/1
Luis Suarez (Uruguay) 16/1
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) 20/1
Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) 22/1
Diego Costa (Spain) 25/1
Fred (Brazil) 25/1
Robin Van Persie (Netherlands) 25/1
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) 28/1
Hulk (Brazil) 33/1
Karim Benzema (France) 33/1
Mario Balotelli (Italy) 33/1
Miroslav Klose (Germany) 33/1
Thomas Muller (Germany) 33/1
Arjen Robben (Netherlands) 40/1
Fernando Torres (Spain) 40/1
Jo (Brazil) 40/1
Olivier Giroud (France) 40/1
Wayne Rooney (England) 40/1
David Villa (Spain) 50/1
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) 50/1
Frank Ribery (France) 50/1
Oscar (Brazil) 50/1
Pedro (Spain) 50/1