The Scoring Battle Continues

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Who will shoot their way into the history books and be the top goal scorer in Brazil? Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP Photo

It's getting towards the business end of the tournament and with almost all teams having played all their group matches, and if you look at who is topping the goal scoring charts, you'll see both familiar faces and surprise packets that are leading contention. So, who are they?



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Thomas Muller

Germany Flag

Tournament Goals: 4

Opening Price: $31

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Next match: Algeria

After netting a hat-trick in Germany’s opening match against Portugal, Muller propelled himself into favouritism to top the goal scoring charts in Brazil. With an abundance of service from his German team mates, Muller has benefited early. Although failing to find the back of the net in Germany’s second match against Ghana, he scored against USA to being his goal tally to 4 and is still well in the mix and among the preferred picks.




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Lionel Messi

Argentina Flag

Tournament Goals: 4

Opening Price: $9

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Next match: Switzerland

After scoring his first World Cup goal in eight years in Argentina’s opening group match, it seems as though Messi has got the monkey of his back. The Argentinian maestro netted a second stunning goal in the dying minutes against Iran to earn his side a 1-0 win, and then a brace against Nigeria. He entered the World Cup with punters expecting him to top the goal scoring charts and he is well and truly in contention. 




James Rodriguez

Tournament Goals: 5

Opening Price: $41

Current Price:

Next match: Brazil

With Radamel Falcao missing the tournament for Colombia through injury, AS Monaco striker James Rodriguez has stepped up to the plate. A brace in his side's Round of 16 win over Uruguay propelled him to the top of the scoring charts and has seen his price slashed over the past few days. If Colombia can get one over fellow South Americans Brazil in the Quarter-Finals, who would bet against the 22-year-old notching the most goals of the tournament?



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Neymar

Brazil Flag

Tournament Goals: 4

Opening Price: $12

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Next Match: Chile


Neymar, one of the hottest properties in football, carries the weight of expectation on his shoulders and so far, he has delivered. He opened his account in the opening match with a double but due to some expert goalkeeping from Mexico’s goalkeeper, he failed to net a goal in his second game. He replicated his opening day form in Brazil's final group match against Cameroon with another two goals, and  currently sits on four - equal with Messi. 




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Karim Benzema

France Flag

Tournament Goals: 3

Opening Price: $41

Current Price:

Next match: Nigeria 

After a brace in France’s opening Group E match, Benzema backed it up with another goal in his side’s 5-2 demolition of Switzerland. The Real Madrid striker could have four goals to his name, but he missed a golden chance to add to his tally when he had a penalty against Switzerland save. Benzema’s price to be the top scorer in Brazil has been the biggest firmer, and those who jumped on him early will be hoping his scoring spree continues.



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