2019 Copa America Top Goalscorer Tip - Magician Lionel Messi to leave pack in his dust

Messi to inspire Argentina in Brazil
Lionel Messi is fresh off clinching the European Golden Shoe and can claim more glory at the 2019 Copa America. (Getty Images)
Lionel Messi is fresh off clinching the European Golden Shoe and can claim more glory at the 2019 Copa America. (Getty Images)

2019 Copa America Top Goalscorer Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The 2019 Copa America presents Argentina with a chance to finally lift a trophy which has repeatedly escaped their grasp in recent years. The key man will be European Golden Shoe holder Lionel Messi and he is tipped to finish as tournament top goalscorer at 4.50.

2019 Copa America Top Goalscorer Betting Odds


Lionel Messi is the bookies’ clear favourite for the prize at 4.50 with the Argentine superstar followed by Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus at 8.00. Next is Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani at 9.00 with Argentina’s Sergio Aguero paying 11.00.

Colombia’s Radamel Falcao and Brazil’s Roberto Firmino are tied at 17.00 and Peru’s Jose Paolo Guerrero and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez follow on 21.00. Rounding up the top 10 is Brazil’s Richarlison who can be backed at 23.00.

Player
Team
Odds
Lionel MessiArgentina4.50
Gabriel JesusBrazil8.00
Luis SuarezUruguay9.00
Sergio AgueroArgentina11.00
Radamel FalcaoColombia17.00
Roberto FirminoBrazil17.00
Jose Paolo GuerreroPeru21.00
Alexis SanchezChile21.00
RicharlisonBrazil23.00

Lionel Messi 2018-19 Form


Expectations tend to be higher for Lionel Messi than almost any other player on the planet. What some might call a bad year in Argentina colours for him actually produced four goals from five matches for the Albiceleste.

Messi donned the captain’s armband for Argentina and led by example with a hat-trick against Haiti but then faced World Cup heartbreak with a last 16 elimination. Much is said about Messi’s alleged failure to deliver at that tournament, but one goal and two assists from four matches would be considered a reasonable return by most standards.

Argentina have made four of the last five Copa America finals and are likely to go far again. (Getty Images)
Argentina have made four of the last five Copa America finals and are likely to go far again. (Getty Images)

Lionel Messi’s Playing Style


Lionel Messi is renowned for contributing through his lethal finishing, pinpoint passing and exquisite skill on the ball. A jack of all trades but certainly a master goalscorer too, Messi has won the European Golden Shoe in the last three seasons.

Messi’s goalscoring record for Argentina has improved since 2012 with 46 strikes in 62 appearances.

Lionel Messi’s Current Form


Lionel Messi is fresh off a remarkable season which saw him score 51 goals in 50 official appearances for Barcelona. He finished off with a brace against Eibar and a goal against Valencia.

Messi’s only international appearance this year has been in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela but should not be judged solely on this.

Lionel Messi at the 2019 Copa America


Messi’s 2018-19 season for Barcelona was a remarkably prolific one and he will be driven on by the hunger to win a major international trophy. Argentina have lost finals of one World Cup and three Copa America tournaments since their captain burst onto the scene.

Brazil are the only team that are up to Argentina’s standards on paper and they have been wounded by injury to Neymar. That leaves the stage set for Messi to clinch the top goalscorer award.

Lionel Messi's case for top Copa America goalscorer has been helped by Neymar's injury. (Getty Images)
Lionel Messi's case for top Copa America goalscorer has been helped by Neymar's injury. (Getty Images)

Lionel Messi Key Statistics


  • Lionel Messi scored 51 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona in 2018/19 (all competitions).
  • Lionel Messi has scored 46 goals in his last 62 appearances for Argentina (all competitions).
  • Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe 3 times in a row.
  • Lionel Messi’s Argentina have reached 4 of the last 5 Copa America finals.

Verdict


Argentina are likely to go a long way in this tournament. Lionel Messi can be the catalyst for their success and is backed to finish as the top Copa America goalscorer at 4.50.

Best Bet: Lionel Messi Copa America Top Goalscorer @ 4.50 at bet365 - 3 Units

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