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Last Updated: February 1, 2018

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Argentina have made it past the first group stage at 9 of their last 10 World Cups, a period in which they’ve been champions twice, runner-up twice, and reached three more quarter-finals. They’ve also scored a total of 90 goals in those 10 appearances, though no Argentinian has won the Golden Boot since Mario Kempes in 1978, when he scored 6 goals. Since then, the leading Argentinian scorer at each of the World Cups has scored 2/5/2/4/5/1/3/4/4 goals.

Therefore, there has to be a good chance that one of the Argentinian players will score a few goals at the 2018 World Cup – the question is which one it might be.

2018 World Cup Top Argentina Top Scorer Betting
Lionel Messi 4/6, Gonzalo Higuain 6/1, Mauro Icardi 8/1, Paulo Dyabla 8/1, Angel Di Maria

Lionel Messi
Messi announce himself on the European stage when he joined Barcelona in 2004, since when he has scored 369 goals in 403 games. However, he only averages around a goal every two games for Argentina. That ratio has seen plenty of improvement in the last two years though, with 12 goals in 15 games. Messi failed to make an instant impact on the World Cup Stage though, scoring just once in 2006, before drawing a blank in 2010. He put that right though in 2014 with 4 goals, and performances that earned him the player of the tournament, despite Argentina losing the final.

Gonzalo Higuain
World-class striker who scored 107 goals in 190 games for Real Madrid, and 71 goals in 104 games for Napoli before a successful 2016 move to Juventus where he has continued to score goals at an average of more than a goals every 2 games. Averages less than a goal a game for Argentina but was their top scorer with 4 goals at the 2010 World Cup. Only played once for Argentina in 2017.

Mauro Icardi
Scores at a rate of around 3 goals every 5 games for Internazionale, but the 24-year-old has yet to feature much for Argentina. He played just once in 2013, but made 3 appearances in 2017, without scoring. Speculation about his absence from the squad involves rumours that Lionel Messi doesn’t like him.

Paulo Dyabla
Attacking midfielder/forward who has scored at an average of just more than a goal a game for Juventus since he joined the Serie A Club in 2015. Not been a regular in that time for Argentina though, and his 12 appearances over 3 years have produced no goals.

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Angel Di Maria
The 29-year-old has never been a prolific scorer, and he’s averaged around a goal every 4 games for clubs like Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG. Averages a goal every 5 games for Argentina and scored once at the 2014 World Cup.


What side Argentina will field at the 2018 World Cup is open to debate, but Lionel Messi’s main threat in this market Gonzalo Higuain is perhaps not a certain starter after just one appearance for Argentina in 2017. Therefore, with Dyabla and Icardi yet to score for their country, and Di Maria more provider than scorer – there will probably be plenty of punters queueing up to back Messi, despite the odds-on quotes.

2018 World Cup Argentina Top Scorer Prediction
Messi @ 4/6 BetVictor

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