By William Hill
Last Updated: 9th January 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his first goal of the 2018/19 Champions League campaign in Juventus’ shock home defeat to Manchester United and that’s just one of the reasons to go against current favourite Lionel Messi in the competition’s top scorer betting.
A day before Ronaldo belatedly registered his first UCL goal of the season, Messi was watching Barcelona being held against Inter from the Giuseppe Meazza bleachers.
The Barca magician, who should be fit again in time for their next continental assignment after an arm injury, is currently trading at odds of 11/10 in the Champions League top goalscorer betting, after hitting five goals in two games this term.
It’s a total only Roma’s Edin Dzeko has kept pace with so far and even then the Bosnian has played twice as many games, yet Messi hasn’t finished the season as the competition’s outright leading marksman in any of the last six editions.
During that time, Ronaldo has landed the odds in the Champions League top goalscorer betting five times, sharing top spot with Messi and Neymar in the outlier.
The man from Madeira is currently trading at 12/1 to bag an outright tournament-high total for the fourth season in succession.
William Hill are paying three places at a quarter of the odds on the market, making the 33-year-old a cracking each way-bet for a team that have made two of the last four UCL finals under Massimiliano Allegri, even before he joined to boost their firepower.
With an away trip to Young Boys, the weakest side in Group H, still to come, he’ll have an excellent opportunity to begin cutting into Messi’s lead in the standings.
Is anyone one else capable of throwing down a serious challenge?
Robert Lewandowski looks far too short at 7/1, while 10/1 pick Neymar is liable to be sharing around the goals with teammates Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
Odds of 14/1 about Edin Dzeko look decent value from an each-way perspective, having already struck five times and with another group-stage clash against Viktoria Plzen (against whom he netted a hat-trick in Rome) to come.
But, at a substantial 25/1 and with three in the bag already this term, the fourth-highest scorer in the history of the Champions League and European Cup, Monsieur Karim Benzema might be a nicer bet still.
The disastrous appointment of Julen Lopetegui is already in the rearview mirror for Real Madrid and the Frenchman does, after all, represent the three-time defending champions, who are sure to go deep once again.