AFCON 2022 is all set for kick-off from 9th January, 2022, know who will clinch the golden boot this year, the favorites, betting odds and canditate
The African Cup of Nations will see some of the biggest names in world football donning the jerseys of their respective countries from Sunday, 9th January 2022. The tournament was last held in 2019 when Algeria were crowned the champions of Africa.
So which team will be taking the AFCON title this time? Will it be Algeria again, or Senegal? Maybe Morocco? Well, let’s put the winner predictions on hold for the time being, and instead take a look at the top 5 contenders for the AFCON 2022 golden boot right here:
Top 5 Golden Boot Favorites Ahead Of AFCON 22 And Their Winning Betting Odds
- Mohamed Salah (9/4)
Currently the best player in the Premier League, and regarded by many as probably the best in the world right now, the Egyptian King has been on another level altogether. As usual, he has started off the 2021/22 Premier League season with a bang, having become the first Liverpool player find the back of the net more than 20 times in five straight seasons. The right-winger is on his top form at the moment and can certainly bag the AFCON Golden Boot this year.
- Odion Ighalo
The 32-year old Al Shabab striker won the golden boot in 2019 for netting 5 goals for Nigeria. The Super Eagles did manage to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament, ultimately getting defeated at the hands of the Algerians. Before AFCON 2019, Ighalo had scored an exceedingly impressive 36 goals in 55 league matches for Changchun Yatai in the 2017/18 season, along with 10 goals in 17 league games with Shanghai Shenhua in 2019.
- Sadio Mane (11/2)
A clinical forward for both Senegal and Liverpool, Sadio Mane is surely in the running for the AFCON Golden Boot award this year. Up till now, he has netted 8 goals and created 21 opportunities in 20 Premier League games this season for Merseyside. He came third in the AFCON 2019 top scorers standings, having scored 3 goals and assisting once to help Senegal reach the final.
- Baghdad Bounedjah (15/2)
Having finished top scorer in the 2020-21 Qatar Stars League with 21 goals in 19 games, not to forget providing seven assists, the Algerian international is a goal-scoring machine. He has scored 169 goals in 165 matches for Al-Sadd, in addition to finding the back of the net a total of 24 times in 47 appearances for Algeria.
- Riyad Mahrez (12/1)
One of Pep Guardiola’s main men at Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez is just pure class. He always makes his presence felt in big games, both for club and country. Till now he has scored six goals and provided four assists for City in the 2021/22 season, significantly helping them secure the top spot in the Premier League table.
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