World Cup 2022 odds: Kylian Mbappé favorite to win Golden Boot, Golden Ball

There is a lot more to World Cup odds than just betting on who wins these games – or betting on the draw, as I like to do. Just as with events that American bettors are more familiar with, the prop bet markets are limitless in the world of World Cup betting.

Two popular markets are the Golden Shoe Odds and Golden Ball odds. The Golden Boot goes to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament, while the Golden Ball goes, presumably, to the tournament MVP.

This year, only one player may win both awards, as French star Kylian Mbappé is currently favored to win both coveted awards.

Can the young star achieve what hasn’t been done since Italy’s Salvatore Schillaci did it at the 1990 World Cup? Let’s jump into the cross.

Kylian believes

Mbappé is tearing it up at the World Cup. Through four games – three in the group stage and the round of 16 – he has five goals. He scored twice in France’s 3-1 win over Poland on Sunday to open the knockout stage.

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Furthermore, Mbappé has assisted on two other goals, and the combo of scores and assists shows why the Frenchman could win both awards.

FOX Bet offers props on both markets, but the Golden Boot gets most of the attention.

“Mbappé is our biggest liability for a Golden Boot winner by a mile,” said FOX Bet sports trader Tieme Wesselink. “He opened around +300. After his goal in the first game, he shortened slightly (+250). After his brace (two goals) in the second group game, he moved to be the clear favorite (-175).”

Indeed, against Denmark, Mbappé netted both of France’s goals in a 2-1 win, with his tally in the 86th minute breaking a 1-1 tie.

Mbappé (now -189 at FOX Bet), Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Richarlison are fairly close in terms of Golden Boot ticket count, Mbappé at 15%, Messi at 14% and Richarlison at 13%. But the money behind those bets is a different matter, with France’s status netting 58% of all cash on that prop.

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In comparison, Messi and Richarlison see around 4.5% of money each.

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Two-Man Chase

At BetMGM, who only offered a Golden Boot for the World Cup’s most prolific scorer, he has been chasing two men in tickets and money. Mbappé, who opened at + 700 (7-1) and is now a strong -190 favorite, is No. 1 in bets and dollars drawn, followed by Argentine star Lionel Messi.

Messi has three goals so far, along with one assist. In the round of 16, Messi netted Argentina’s opening goal in a 2-1 win against Australia. Messi is currently the third choice at +900 in the Golden Boot odds, behind Brazil’s Richarlison at +700.

Richarlison hit two home goals in Brazil’s Group Stage opening 2-0 win over Serbia. He netted his third in the 4-1 rout of South Korea in the round of 16.

“Our accountability / handle on the Golden Shoe is nothing crazy. Messi is the only loser for the book at the moment,” BetMGM sports trader Seamus Magee while identifying Mbappé as a small winner for the book. “Almost everyone with three goals at the moment is our biggest scorer – Richarlison, Olivier Giroud, Bukayo Saka and Cody Gakpo.”

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Giroud is the fourth choice at +1800, Saka the eighth choice at +3300 and Gakpo is the sixth choice at +2200.

Patrick Everson is a sports betting analyst for FOX Sports and a senior reporter for He is a renowned journalist in the national sports betting space. He is based in Las Vegas, where he enjoys golfing in 110 degree heat. Follow him on Twitter: @PatrickE_Vegas.

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