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Several Brazilian players head the market to claim the Golden Boot in the men’s football tournament, although that means there is the possibility of the goals being evenly spread among the forwards

Neymar could potentially be the star of the tournament and many of us will have seen footage of the 20-year-old scoring some outrageous goals in a Santos shirt, with the forward having been well backed in the lead-up to the Games.

He is a best price 11/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to fire his way to top goalscorer and was on the scoresheet from the penalty spot in a recent friendly against Great Britain which illustrated the best and worst aspects to his game.

If Neymar doesn’t land the spoils, perhaps it will be Hulk that claims the glory and the Porto forward is a 10/1 chance to fill his boots over the next few weeks, with Brazil in the same group as Belarus, Egypt and New Zealand.

Then there is Alexandre Pato, the Milan forward who might struggle to get sufficient game time despite being a world-class talent and he’s available at 10/1 (BetVictor bookmaker) to win this award, with New Zealand in particular looking ripe for the taking in Group C.

Spain should also prove too classy for their group opponents and Adrian Lopez is an 8/1 poke to outscore his rivals for La Roja, with the forward having appeared for the national team on two occasions, although his goals per game ratio for Atletico Madrid isn’t that great.

The same can’t be said of Edinson Cavani, the Napoli forward who will be spearheading the Uruguay attack and the 25-year-old has scored 66 goals in 94 appearances for his club side since joining in 2010.

Cavani is 10/1 (William Hill) to claim the prize although he might have to share the goals with compatriot Luis Suarez who has an impressive record of 28 goals in 54 matches for his country despite a lean recent campaign with Liverpool.

For Great Britain, it is Daniel Sturridge and Craig Bellamy that are the shortest price, with odds of 25/1 about both forwards although there was a lack of cohesion about Team GB when facing Brazil in a friendly, even if goals look to be on the cards against UAE and Senegal.


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