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Copa America: Who is the Best Goalscorer to Bet on?

by Steve Ashfield | by Yunchu Li

image Copa America: Who is the Best Goalscorer to Bet on?
The 2024 Copa America tounament is nearly with us. The action in the USA begins on June 21 and it promises to be an exciting tournament. Some great players will be on show, including of course Lionel Messi. Just who should you be betting on to be the tournament's top goal scorer?

Our 3 favorites for the Copa America top scorer title

Argentina with Copa America trophy

If you are looking to make a prediction on who will be the top goal scorer in a major football tournament, It’s never an easy task. Whether it’s the Euro, World Cup or in this case, Copa America, a great deal of thought is required before making your choice.

Our experts have been busy preparing their analysis of this Copa America tournament. They have come up with the contenders, outsiders and ultimately their favorite to be the top goal scorer at Copa America 24. Remember, you can read their views and Copa America 2024 predictions throughout the tournament.

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No. 1: Lionel Messi - One Last Dance

Lionel Messi of Argentina

Are we going to witness Lionel Messi's last major competition with the Albiceleste? He celebrates his 37th birthday on June 24 and isn’t in the best of form. He now plays in the MLS and has recently said he’ll be ending his career in Miami. After many years of not winning an international tournament, he’s won two in a row. The Copa America title was won three years ago and then in 2022 he finally became a World Cup winner.

Now he dreams of a third successive triumph by leading Argentina to the 2024 Copa America title. He’ll also want to be the top goal scorer of course.

As always, the number 10 will want to take everything in his path

He managed to do just that in the last Copa America, scoring four goals. That was the first time he’d won that award. In what is expected to be his final appearance in an international tournament, Lionel Messi is the favorite to be top goal scorer. It’s 4.0 at bet365 that he wins the top scorer award.

At Sportytrader, we also believe that there does not seem to be a huge competition for Lionel Messi to beat this year, although many good strikers will take part in this Copa America tournament.

Lionel Messi has scored 106 times for Argentina, that’s 51 more than any other player has achieved. He goes into this tournament determined to add to that total.

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No. 2: Vinicius Chases Another Trophy

Brazil's Vinicius Jr

After winning La Liga and the Champions League, Vinicius Jr is after more trophies in the 2024 Copa America tournament. The Brazilian striker has become one of the best offensive player in La Liga but still struggles internationally. Long in the shadow of Neymar, Vinicius has only scored 3 times in 30 matches for Brazil., last scoring in a friendly against Guinea last June.

Now free from competition with Neymar, who left for Saudi Arabia and has been injured since the start of the season anyway, Vini now wears number 10 in Brazil and will have to be the offensive leader of this team. He's  5.5 at William Hill to be the top goal scorer at the 2024 Copa America. 

Bookmakers Have Vinicus Jr as Second Favorite

He has had an outstanding season with Real Madrid, scoring 24 goals for the La Liga side. The hope is that he can finally produce that form on the international stage for Brazil. 

He will obviously count on his attacking partners at Real, Rodrygo and Endrick (who will join the Madrid club this summer) to make him shine and try to finish the competition with a good number of goals.

As for our editorial staff, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to them if he found his international scoring boots in the USA.  You can follow all the action in this tournament thanks to our Copa America 2024 Livescore,wtith live text commentary and updated statistics.

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No. 3: Darwin Nunez - Could be a big surprise

Darwin Nunez

You might be surprised by the final name in our top three. Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez is indeed sometimes messy (rather than Messi) in front of goal, but at least has the merit of creating numerous chances and he never gives up.

Uruguay are counting on its coach Marcelo Bielsa to transform the talented Nunez into a real killer in the opponent's penalty area. He did score 11 goals for Liverpool in the Premier League and 5 in the Europa League. In international football, he has scored 11 goals in 23 matches and that includes scoring a hat-trick in Uruguay's recent 4-0 win over Mexico. 

11 Goals in the Premier League and 5 in the Europa League

You can get odds of 7.00 at Unibet on him being the top goal scorer in this 2024 Copa America tournament. The former Benfica scorer will therefore, in our opinion, not be one to underestimate in this tournament. 

If you want to be up to date with the latest prices for this tournament, don't hesitate to access our Copa America 2024 odds comparator, which has all the betting information you require..

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Top scorer at the Copa America 2024: the outsiders

Colombian team

After having mentioned our three big favorites for the title of top scorer of the Copa America 2024, let's address a few candidates who, according to us, will be worth watching although their presence in first place in this ranking is difficult to envisage at the end of the tournament.

To start, Lautaro Martinez who has once again, had a very solid year with Inter Milan winning Serie A with them,. Not just that, he was the top scorer in Serie A with 24 goals in 33 matches. He will be in competition with Julian Alvarez, who has played and scored significantly less with Manchester City this year. The odds for the Inter attacker are 9,00 at bet365 to finish top scorer in the Copa.

Then, Endrick, the young scorer from Palmeiras who will join Real Madrid after this Copa America, will also be one to watch. The exciting 17-year-old striker, having played only 6 times for Brazil, has already scored 3 goals and against strong opposition.

In March he only played 65 minutes in total against England and Spain, scoring two goals at Wembley and the Bernabeu! And, a few days ago, he also scored the winning goal against Mexico in a friendly in the 96th minute!  With odds of 21.00 on average among bookmakers, why not take a chance on the young talent?

Liverpool's Colombian striker Luis Diaz will also be one to watch. He scored four goals in the last Copa America, the same number of goals as Lionel Messi. He will also be one to watch, who  scored 8 goals with the Reds this season in the Premier League.

Finally, two players who are still playing in Ligue 1 at the moment: Folarin Balogun, from AS Monaco, and Jonathan David, scorer for LOSC. Balogun scored an impressive 21 goals in 37 league games for Reims in the 2022/23 season but only managed seven for Monaco in 29 games last season.  With his 3 goals in 11 matches with Team USA, he intends to achieve a great performance with his country in his first major international tournament.

Just above the United States is Canada! And, if the star player of the Canucks remains Alphonso Davies, the country with the maple leaf also has a formidable attacker in its squad, in the presence of Jo David.

The striker, who has been playing for Lille for 4 seasons now in Ligue 1, has left his mark on the championship by very often being decisive with his club. After 24 goals last year in the league alone, he has scored another 19 this season, in addition to 3 goals in the Coupe de France and 4 in the Conference League. In selection, he has 26 goals in 48 matches! He and Balogun have odds of 51.00 with the bookmakers so, if you want to try for very big odds, one of the two could well interest you!

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