Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Odds: Can He Claim The Major Prizes At Qatar 2022?
Portugal eased through to the quarter-final stage of the World Cup 2022 with a facile victory over Switzerland and betting sites believe there is plenty more to come from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Manchester United striker was benched for the Tuesday's clash, and his frustration grew as the goals flew in but he was nowhere to be seen.
Ronaldo made an appearance late if the second half but a disallowed goal was the closest he got to the scoresheet.
However, even at 37 years old Ronaldo remains an integral part of Fernando Santos’ side.
Can one of the greatest players of all time inspire Portugal to glory this winter? Are more individual accomplishments on their way?
Let’s take a look at what UK bookmakers make of Ronaldo’s chances in various World Cup markets.
Ronaldo Golden Boot Odds
No player in the history of the international game has scored more goals than Ronaldo, who has now made the net bulge 118 times while wearing a Portugal shirt.
When he tucked home a penalty in the 3-2 victory over Ghana on matchday one, he became the first player in history to have scored in five different World Cups.
Yet Ronaldo has a lot of work to do to win the World Cup Golden Boot. With just one goal in his first four appearances in Qatar, his odds have drifted out to a massive 100/1.
Not only has Ronaldo scored fewer goals than the likes of Kylian Mbappe (4/7), Richarlison (8/1) and Lionel Messi (12/1) his nation are given less of a chance of going deep in the tournament than the likes of France, Brazil and Argentina.
Ronaldo also has ground to make up in the race for the Golden Ball, although there is a long way to go before that award is decided.
Unlike the Golden Boot, which is often in effect won in the group stage, the vote for the tournament’s standout performer is weighted towards performances in the knockout rounds.
After two games at Russia 2018 few would have expected Luka Modric to scoop the prize.
Having said that, odds of 50/1 on with football betting sites show that Ronaldo faces an uphill battle to win the Golden Ball.
He turned in decent displays against Ghana and Uruguay, but he has not been Portugal’s best player so far.
The striker has certainly not produced a performance as brilliant as Mbappe’s (11/8 with BetVictor) against Poland, Australia or Denmark, or a moment as magic as Messi’s crucial goal against Mexico.
Ronaldo Golden Boot-Tournament Winner Betting
Portugal made a solid start to their campaign in Qatar. After two rounds of fixtures they were one of only three teams to have already secured their spot in the round of 16.
Santos’ side have certainly not been flawless so far. They were defensively shaky in the 3-2 triumph over Ghana and did not create many chances against Uruguay, even if they won pretty comfortably in the end.
Their 6-1 demolition against the Swiss announced them as serious World Cup contenders and with major tournament success already secured at Euro 2016 they are a team to be feared.
Morocco knocking out Spain on penalties makes their route to the final a lot easier and as a result Portugal's World Cup odds have crashed from 14/1 into 6/1 on the back of Tuesday's games.
A Golden Boot-Tournament Winner double for Ronaldo and Portugal is currently available at 150/1 with World Cup betting sites.
That puts the Selecao and their talisman some distance behind the two favourites, Mbappe-France (5/1) and Richarlison-Brazil (12/1).
Some will be tempted by triple-figure odds, though. Santos has won an international tournament before, guiding his country to glory at Euro 2016, so Portugal’s chances should not be dismissed.
Portugal Top Scorer Betting
Ronaldo began the tournament as the favourite to finish as Portugal’s top scorer, but he has now slipped to fourth in that particular ranking.
The 37-year-old is priced at 8/1 with betting apps ahead of Portugal’s quater-final game, with Ramos available at Evens after his stunning hat-trick against Switzerland. Rafael Leao and Bruno Fernandes are both available at around the 9/2 mark.
It will be interesting to see if Ronaldo starts against Morocco after being rested on Tuesday.
Morocco have been very tough to breakdown and it may be a low scoring game so it could just take one moment of magic from Ronaldo to send them through to the semi-final.
Stay In The Loop With Free Bets, Insider Tips & More!
Live Betting. Sports Promos. Sent Weekly.