Standout Players

The FIFA World Cup shines a light on various players around the world, and we are dedicating a blog post to name a few who have really stood out from the rest. The list is not exhaustive as there are plenty of other talented players who we surely missed out. Nevertheless, we hope that you are enjoying the action from the FIFA World Cup so far.

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Kylian Mbappe 

The French superstar had his breakthrough in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, and his great form is continuing in this edition. In the first game against Australia, Jackson Irvine commented on just how tough it is to play against the very best, stating: ‘’That one little moment, that half a meter you give him in the box, we’ve seen it hundreds of times, he is so ruthless, so clinical, ultimately that was the difference’’. In moments when the team lacks inspiration, Mbappe steps up and produces a moment of magic. His brace against Poland is just trademark Mbappe with two clinical finishes that sealed the deal for Didier Dechamps’ men. One of the biggest assets that Kylian Mbappe has perfected over his relatively short yet prestigious career is body faints and fake shots that grant him space in tight areas. He is more than capable to finish with both feet, and being a winger with unmatched pace, it’s a nightmare for full-backs to deal with him. 

Next on his agenda is England, who themselves have a pacey right back in Kyle Walker, who will be a test for Kylian Mbappe. LV BET is offering a host of betting odds on Kylian Mbappe and how he will perform for the rest of the tournament; we are listing just some of them:

  • We are pricing Kylian Mbappe to score exactly two goals in the three games remaining at 35/9 (4.90)
  • Kylian Mbappe to score a hat-trick in the tournament is priced at 13/1 (14.00)

Goncalo Ramos

Goncalo Ramos has been the revelation of the tournament in his latest game against Switzerland. The 21-year-old is currently playing with Benfica in the Portuguese top league. This season with SL Benfica, he has scored nine goals in 11 appearances and also managed three assists. The way he took his chances when they presented themselves showed great maturity and prolific skill. One has to take into account that he was replacing Cristiano Ronaldo, and those are gigantic shoes to fill. 

Safe to say, the decision from Fernando Santos to give Ramos his first start in this FIFA World Cup was vindicated as his squad scored six, and Goncalo Ramos claimed the first hat trick of the tournament. We will surely be seeing more of Ramos in the coming games, and maybe he might land a transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world, as plenty of clubs are in the hunt for a young striker like him. 

Will he be given the nod once again against Morocco this weekend? We will see what decision Fernando Santos takes, but in the meantime, dive into some of the best betting odds on this new standout player in this FIFA World Cup: 

  • Goncalo Ramos over 3.50 goals excluding penalty shootouts at 5/4 (2.25)
  • Ramos to score anytime during the game against Morocco at 11/8 (2.37)

Lionel Messi 

One of the best players in the past decade and, at 35 years old, he is still the best Argentinian player in the squad. His raw talent and intelligence are out of this world, not to mention his ability to finish from tight angles. The Argentinian squad is well aware that this might be the last FIFA World Cup for Messi and it is doing its best to place itself in a great position to win the title and seal his name as the best football player in the world. 

His goal against Mexico was trademark Lionel Messi, taking a central position just outside the box and, while looking uninterested in the ball, Di Maria fizzes a ball towards him, neat touch set up for a long-range hit which he tucks it away in the bottom right, corner outside the reach of Guillermo Ochoa. His goal against Australia was another beautiful finish taking, the keeper by surprise as he fired a low-driven shot to the keeper’s right-hand side. The genius of Lionel Messi has no limits; get into some of the best odds for the rest of the tournament with LV BET:

  • Lionel Messi is priced at 9/1 (10.00) to score a hat trick in the remaining games.
  • Lionel Messi to score a goal directly from a Free Kick against the Netherlands at 11/1 (12.00)

Bukayo Saka 

After a nightmare end to the European Championship, Bukayo Saka has been on an upward trajectory with both club and country. It has been a truly inspiring season so far, and he is a bright star in the making for England as well. Confidence plays a big role in football, and the Arsenal star is full of it after bagging a brace against Iran in the opening game. The goal against Senegal was just fantastic, such a finish shows just how confident he is in his own ability to keep cool under pressure. 

Looking ahead for Bukayo Saka and England, they face France in the quarter-final and up against some of the best players in the World, Saka has the chance to show what he is capable of. LV BET is offering some great odds on Bukayo Saka:

  • Bukayo Saka to score anytime during the game is priced at 12/5 (3.40)
  • Bukayo Saka’s goalscoring tally to be over 3.50 at 5/2 (3.50)

Cody Gakpo

Another great talent that has taken this FIFA World Cup by storm is Cody Gakpo, who became the first player to score in three consecutive fixtures in the World Cup for the Netherlands. Gakpo is currently playing in the Eredersive with PSV, and he was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, but that did not materialise. With the great showing in the group stage, he will surely have other offers lined up after the World Cup, irrespective of the Netherlands’ progress in the tournament.  

Having such great stature as a striker always helps fend off challenges from defenders and also gives a great chance of getting at the end of crosses as happened in the first goal against Senegal. The young striker then against scored against Ecuador and Qatar

Some of the odds available on Cody Gakpo are as follows: 

  • Cody Gakpo to score more than 3.50 goals in the tournament at 17/9 (2.90)
  • With a goal against Argentina priced at 11/5 (3.20)


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