Champions League Goalscorers: Will Ronaldo Take Over Messi?
2017 Champions League Top 5 Goalscorers
Cristiano Ronaldo sits one goal behind FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in this year’s race for top scorer in the UEFA Champions League. It will not be easy for CR7 to tie or pass La Pulga, as Juventus will surely have all eyes on him – and with good reason.
|Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||9||810||11||2|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||12||1110||10||6|
|Edinson Cavani (PSG)||8||720||8||1|
|Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)||9||794||8||1|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund)||9||708||7||1|
Ronaldo doesn’t spend as much time as he used to out wide. He is now the fox in box looking to pounce at every opportunity and the stats show it as he leads the competition in the following:
- Shots on target with 25 (next closest player has 17)
- Shots off target with 24 (next closest player has 17)
- Shot attempts blocked with 17 (next closest player has 11)
- Minutes played with 1,110 (the next closest Galactico has played 938)
To sum all this up, Ronaldo’s prolificness is the result of volume. Lionel Messi has scored one more goal than Ronaldo this season playing 300 less minutes and taking 31 less shots. But anyone who has followed their careers already understands that Lionel Messi has always been a more effecient player. That is not a slight to Ronaldo in any way – we are talking about Lionel Messi.
UEFA Champions League 2017 Top Goalscorer Odds
|Player/Team||Goals||Goals To Finish #1
||Odds To Finish #1|
|Lionel Messi (Barcelona)||11||–||-275|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||10||+2||+200|
|Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)||5||+7||+100000|
|Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)||5||+7||+450000|
To get a full overview of how stingy Juventus is you can look up their resume in this season’s competition here. The last time the Bianconeri and Real met in the Champions League was the 2014/15 semifinals where Juventus advanced 3-2 on aggregate. Both Madrid goals were scored by Ronaldo, one in each game.
Now for Ronaldo to finish 1st he needs to score 2 goals or more. If you are going to take this bet you can take the +200 offered in the Top Goalscorer category in which case if he only scored 1 goal this Saturday your bet would PUSH. But instead I would opt to take CR7 to score anytime on William Hill. This way if CR7 scores only once, you still win.
For you to win the Top goalscorer bet he needs to score at least twice in which case BET365 is offering him to score two or more at +550 and William Hill is offering the same at +600. If you believe CR7 can achieve this performance on Saturday night, it makes much more practical sense to take this approach as oppose to a top goalscorer line that is simply there to get people to lay 11/4 against Ronaldo scoring a goal which, frankly, is a sucker play.
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