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Champions League Betting Special: Messi the favourite to be top scorer but does Lewandowski offer more value?

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Both the Argentine and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the scoring charts in the Champions League for years, but could the Bayern Munich forward change that this year?

The Champions League returns this week, and, as they have generally done with most tournaments in which they have featured, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to continue dominating the scoring charts of Europe’s premier club competition as they have done over the last decade.

Last season, the two finished in a three-way tie along with Neymar as the competition’s top scorers on ten goals, while the last time a player who was not Messi or Ronaldo headed the Champions League scoring charts was 2007. 

On that occasion in was Kaka for AC Milan, but since then the two La Liga stars have had a scoring duopoly on the competition meaning it is unsurprising to find them leading the way in NetBet’s market for top scorer. Messi is the slight favorite at 47/20 (3.35) while Ronaldo is offered at 57/20 (3.85).

Important to bear in mind of course are the side’s respective opponents in the group stages, with Barcelona facing Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and BATE Borisov, while Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.