In opening the scoring in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in midweek, Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for the number of goals scored in the Champions League group stage and, as a result, has seen his odds to be the competition’s top marksman plummet.
The only man to claim the accolade aside from Lionel Messi in the past six seasons is available to back as short as 3/4 to retain the crown his 12 goals earned him last term and, with eight to his name already, he may yet better that impressive haul.
However, despite his overwhelming favouritism, there are other candidates in the running to steal his mantle, all of which offer odds of superior in size.
Here’s a list of the alternatives you must consider before wading in with big bucks on Ronny:
The Popeye to Ronaldo’s Bluto has been locked in a rare battle with injury this season, meaning he hasn’t been afforded the same game time as his Portuguese adversary.
Despite this, the diminutive Barcelona star is typically hot on the heels of his Real rival, sitting just two goals behind him in the scoring charts.
At 12/5, he certainly can’t be discounted from the running, especially when you consider that he’s bagged an accumulated 23 goals in the past four seasons of post-Christmas Champions League football.
It’s been a long time coming, but Swedish powerhouse Ibrahimovic is finally living up to the hype (much of which is purported by his own tongue) on the grandest stage in soccer.
Available at 11/2 to snare top scorer spoils, Ibra has racked up seven goals in qualifying; a figure that would have seen him match the group stage scoring record previously held by Messi with two games to play.
He’s in excellent touch, bagging all of his seven strikes in his previous four and with PSG looking every inch a side capable of diving deep into the competition this season, his impressive tally is certain to grow.
As lethal a finisher as any of those listed before him, Aguero’s golden domestic touch has not deserted him on the continent.
He’s put five away in a difficult group and, with his side guaranteed at least another four matches in the competition, he’s capable of closing the gap between himself and Ronaldo.
Toppling him is a very difficult ask, but he sits just three off the pace at present and his 14/1 flame could yet attract some hopeful moths.