As ever, this summer’s Copa America features some of the best players on the planet, as 12 teams go to battle in a bid to be crowned South American champions. More often than not, it’s goals that win you titles, and having a deadly marksman could be the key to what happens in Brazil over the coming month. So, here we’re taking a look at the best Copa America top scorer bets for Brazil 2019.
The host nation have been shorn of their most revered attacking player. Neymar may have been stripped of the captaincy following a string of off-field issues, but the Paris Saint-Germain forward was still expected to light up this tournament. He suffered another ankle injury in one of Brazil’s warm-up fixtures though, ruling him out of the entire Copa America and any top scorer bets for the competition.
With his old Barcelona team mate out of the way, Lionel Messi may feel his chances of finally landing a major trophy for Argentina have improved. The odds on him finishing as the tournament’s top scorer have improved at least, with the Argentine No 10 the 3/1 favourite in the betting, after netting five goals in the last running of this tournament. Messi finished last season as the top scorer in the Spanish top flight, and bagged 51 goals in 50 games for Barcelona in all competitions.
He may be his country’s record goalscorer, but transferring club form onto the international stage has always been the issue for Messi. That could open the door for his Nou Camp team mate Luis Suarez to perhaps sneak in as the Copa America top scorer. Suarez may have only scored half the goals Messi managed last term, but the former Liverpool striker is playing in a strong Uruguay team and has 56 goals in 107 international appearances. He is 8/1 in the Copa America top scorer odds, with strike partner Edinson Cavani the same price.
For Brazil, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Richarlison are duking it out to start up front. Jesus probably edges it at the moment, despite failing to hit the back of the net at last summer’s World Cup. Still only 22, Jesus will be desperate to show his club manager Pep Guardiola what he can do, after falling firmly behind Sergio Aguero in the pecking order at the Etihad. Jesus is 13/2 in the top scorer odds, while Firmino is available at 14/1 and Richarlison is 16/1.
Speaking of Aguero, the City man should start this tournament as Argentina’s main striker. With Gonzalo Higuain now retired, Aguero had an excellent season in the Premier League, and could be the dark horse to finish as the top scorer in Brazil if Messi and co can finally get it right over the course of an entire tournament. Aguero is 10/1 to finish as the top scorer.