Forget Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, This Champions League Star Can Win The Golden Boot
For years now Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the scoring charts in Europe’s most prestigious competition sharing the top goalscorer award between them for the past 12 seasons.
That period of dominance has been simply exceptional from two of the finest footballers the world has ever seen, but could it be surprisingly coming to an end this season?
Lionel Messi has made a storming start to this campaign with Barcelona and having not won the trophy since 2015 will be desperate to get his hands on that prize possession. Having scored five goals in his opening three group games he is currently joint-top of the scoring charts and well in with a chance of winning the Golden Boot.
Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand,has hit the net just once, leaving him with plenty of work to do to win the individual award, although if anyone can make up ground, it is the Portuguese superstar. However, the man to win the award this season is the man leading the way alongside the great Lionel Messi.
Edin Dzeko this season has taken his game to new levels and is now looking like one of the deadliest finishers in Europe. Roma host a defensively shaky Real Madrid tonight which could provide a good opportunity for Dazeko to bag once again before they face Viktoria Plzen, one of the weakest teams in the competition this season on the final day.
Roma should seal qualification from this group with relative ease and the former Man City forward would be disappointed to finish the group stage with less than seven goals. That puts him in an outstanding position to win the golden boot award heading into the knockout stages where a decent Roma team could go further than expected.
They staged a remarkable comeback against Barcelona and could do the same against some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Given that Messi is currently 15/8 to win the award, Dzeko looks a fantastic price at 14/1 in places. That is the current leader of the goalscoring charts at 14/1.
I certainly would not rule out Cristiano Ronaldo. The best goalscorer in Champions League history has left himself with some ground to make up but with his record, 16/1 seems like a very generous price.