World Cup Golden Ball Winner – World Cup top 6 Picks
There are a lot of choices when it comes to Golden Ball winners, but if you think favorites normally come through in this competition, you should think again. Diego Forlan won the title with Uruguay but split the top goal scorer mantle with Wesley Sneijder, David Villa, and Thomas Muller who all technically captured the esteemed title of top world cup goalscorer in 2010. They each scored 5 goals. 2014 was James Rodriguez year as the Columbian burst onto the international scene with 6 goals in 5 matches. Who will win this year?
We can’t tell you for sure, but we don’t think it will be the Argentinian Lionel Messi at +900 who is the second favorite to capture the title. We highly doubt it will young Brazilian and allegedly unhappy PSG starlet Neymar. He’s +800 and the favorite to tally more than anymore during the fixtures. There’s other value to be found on the list. Here’s who we’ll be grabbing as our shots to win the Best Player of the Tournament Award.
The Uruguayan made headlines for the wrong reasons during the last world cup. His biting incident involving Italian Robert Chielini will never be forgotten by Scousers and World Cup fans alike. The summer months following the world cup saw Suarez sold for owning club Liverpool to Barcelona for 75m.
Luis Suarez has plenty of reasons to be motivated for the Uruguayan push in Russia. His partnership with PSG front man Edinson Cavani only makes him more dangerous as there are two Uruguayans worthy of Center Half attention. They’ll face Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia in a Group A that looks like swiss cheese on surface level. Suarez should tally a bunch in Group A and then it’s anyone’s contest in the knockout stages. He’s really good value at +3300 to capture top world cup goalscorer and MVP.
Spain are in a bit of a scramble after the unexpected sacking of undefeated manager Julen Lopetegui. What an incredibly mad decision just 24 hours until the fist kickoff in group A. He’ll f*** off to Real Madrid where he takes over for Zennedine Zindane. What a headache.
Fernando Hierro is a total unknown. His only season at Oviedo does nothing but provide question marks. Can this team manage itself? Half of it plays for Barcelona, the other half of it for the Madrid’s and a couple rich boys play out in the prem. Conventional wisdom says Spain, a disciplined passing machine, would manage itself regardless of who’s at its head.
If Spain don’t fall apart, and that’s a big if, they’ll be looking to make a deep run. This is Iniesta’s last go around, and the Champions League didn’t finish in a way he would have wanted. The World Cup is it. If he hopes to go far, he won’t be scoring the liegeman’s share of the goals. Diego Costa or younger Alvaro Morata are going to have to score some goals for la Roja. I see Spain going far in this tournament if only because of Iniesta. As much as I hate Diego Costa as a person, he’s a poacher and good value here at +4000.
The Manchester United Man is a star despite having his ups and downs during this past season’s campaign in the Premier League. If you’re not familiar, Belgium are a very good team and will be relying on Big Rom to finish around the net.
If Belgium are to make a deep run, one would expect Eden Hazard or Romelu Lukaku to be in the running for the top goal scorer award in addition to the Golden Ball for most valuable players. Panama, Tunisia, and an England squad that has question marks lay ahead for Belgium in Group G.
Mo Salah has had an incredible season in the Premier League. Until Sergio Ramos soiled him up with a filthy tackle in the Champions League final, Salah’s odds were a lot less steep than this. There is now some question as to if he will be ready for Game 1 of Group A play where he’s set to face Uruguay on Friday. If he does, he’s to be feared.
Coutinho struggled early with Barcelona after being sold mid-season from Liverpool. He came alive late for Barcelona and is back amongst his friends in Roberto Firmino (major Darkhorse for this award) and Neymar. He plays well when he’s with his countryman and this should be a good tournament for Brazil who are looking to recapture glory after the last disaster they faced on home ground.
Brazil face Switzerland, Serbia, and Costa Rica. The group looks good for them to advance and Coutinho could be a big part of the engine room that powers them. +3300 are nice odds for the #10.