Among the key factors to check with the World Cup betting odds is star power. When the greatest teams and players gather in one spot it can be the deciding factor. The top contenders all have that one key man that can provide salvation. The biggest upsets can be sprung by world class players on average teams. Conversely upset losses also happen because stars fail to shine. Handicapping who and who does not come through is key. Gambling profits hang in the balance of such equations. Fortunately, there will be no shortage of great players at the 2018 World Cup.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
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For those looking for the maximum star power nobody delivers like Lionel Messi. The five-time World Player of the Year has a cache like few others. He alone is the reason Argentina is a 9/1 choice with the World Cup betting odds. While Messi has his share of critics he basically carries the Argentine team. Messi will turn 31 years of age during the World Cup yet remains in top form. As a pro with Barcelona he has 374 goals and 410 Apps.
The Atomic Flea
For Argentina Messi has 61 goals and 123 caps in his career. He has been team captain since 2011. Celebrated for his superior agility Messi has proven elusive to opposing defenders. In fact, his agility garnered the nickname “The Atomic Flea.” At first glance Messi in unimpressive in athletic appearance. The fact that he is not tall works to his advantage. Short powerful bursts of play set him apart from the pack. Few players can match his combination of quickness and power. Respected by all is the fact that Messi is not a diver in a sport dominated by such.
Another key asset that makes Argentina a popular sportsbook commodity is Sergio Romero. Best known as the goalkeeper of Manchester United he has 94 career caps with Argentina. In 2014 Romero was on the three-man short list for the Golden Glove Award as top goalkeeper. He was a central figure in Argentina’s runner up finish in 2014. He is also the most capped goalkeeper in Argentina history.
Forward Sergio Aguero is another on the long list of Argentine stars. With 36 goals and 84 caps he compliments Messi well. He has played for Argentina since 2006. Aguero plays professionally for Manchester City. He has won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2014-15. Celebrated as one of the top strikers in the world he also is a fine passer. Aguero’s agility and quick acceleration make him a prolific goal scorer. Defenders continue to wilt at his power and strength.
Matchup to Watch
Lionel Messi is a draw like few others with the odds for the World Cup. This is likely his last shot at a championship. His longevity of excellence is a wonder to behold. All eyes will be on the face of the Argentine team.
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Argentina remains a top favorite thanks to Lionel Messi. Look for them to contend into the final stages.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Argentina to advance to semifinals.