The return of the Champions League is now just weeks away, with Thursday’s group stage draw confirming the opening fixtures for Europe’s elite.
Last season, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s 12 goals saw him finish as the tournament’s top scorer for the sixth time in his illustrious career, but who are the favourites to finish top scorer in the 2019/20 season?
So for those of you who like football betting tips, here are the five favourites to finish as the top scorer in this season’s Champions League…
Raheem Sterling – 12/1
The Manchester City star has developed into one of the most productive forwards in world football, having hit 25 goals in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side last season.
The England international scored five goals in 10 Champions League appearances last season, the best European tally of his career so far, and with City the bookmaker’s favourites to win the tournament for the first time he could be set to improve that tally.
Sterling has hit five goals in the opening three weeks of the Premier League season and looks in career best form, should City, as expected, reach the latter stages he could be a contender.
Mohamed Salah – 8/1
Liverpool’s Egyptian forward has been instrumental in the club reaching back-to-back finals in Europe’s premier competition, having scored 16 goals in 27 Champions League appearances since his switch to Anfield.
The holders will be looking to become just the second side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era and given their pedigree will be heavily backed to once again go deep into the tournament.
Salah’s goals are likely to prove crucial to their hopes, and he could again feature highly after finishing as runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo as the tournament’s top scorer in 2017/18.
Sergio Aguero – 8/1
Manchester City are many people’s favourites to lift the trophy this coming season, as Pep Guardiola’s side chase an elusive European title after their recent domination of English football.
Key to their chances will be Argentina international Aguero, the club’s all-time record goalscorer having hit 39 goals in 59 Champions League appearances since moving to the Etihad in 2011.
City have gone past the quarter-final stage just once since their billionaire takeover in 2008, Aguero’s goals could help end that record in 2019/20.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/1
The all-time record goalscorer in Champions League football, the Portuguese superstar has hit a phenomenal 126 goals in Europe’s premier competition during spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
The first player to win the trophy five times in the Champions League era, Ronaldo enjoys a special relationship with the competition and his pedigree is the main reason Juventus decided to spend €100m to bring the 34-year-old to Turin last summer.
Juventus have dominated Serie A with eight consecutive league titles, but having not won Europe’s biggest prize since 1996, will be hoping Ronaldo can fire them to glory this season.
Lionel Messi – 4/1
Most of the best bookmakers like Betolimp.com make last seasons top scorer the favourite to again find the net prolifically this coming campaign, as Barcelona look to exorcise the demons of capitulations in the past two seasons.
The Spanish champions are the second-favorites to lift the trophy, as they bid to win a sixth Champions League title. Boosted by the signings of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann the Catalan side look primed for another assault on the competition, though Messi remains the key figure at the Nou Camp.
The Barcelona captain slammed his team after they squandered a 3-0 first leg lead to lose to Liverpool in last season’s semi-final, and the 32-year-old is likely to be more determined than ever to lift the Champions League once again this season.