Messi cut for top goalscorer

  • Last Updated: June 22 2014, 1:18 BST

Lionel Messi has been cut to 5/1 by Sky Bet to finish as the World Cup's top goalscorer after netting Argentina's late winner in the 1-0 victory over Iran.

Lionel Messi netted Argentina's winner against Iran
Lionel Messi netted Argentina's winner against Iran

Messi now has two goals in the tournament and is part of a congested race to finish as the top goalscorer.

The 11/4 market leader Thomas Muller of Germany has three goals and is joined on that tally by France striker Karim Benzema (7/2), Holland winger Arjen Robben (6/1), Dutch hotshot Robin van Persie (7/1) and surprise Ecuador contender Enner Valencia at 20/1.

Just one goal behind alongside Messi sit Brazil forward Neymar (7/1), Uruguay's two-goal hero against England Luis Suarez (16/1) and Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (25/1) as players who could also contend for the prize.

Argentina confirmed their place in the last 16 by beating Iran and Sky Bet make Messi's men 4/1 to win the World Cup.

Nigeria are expected to join Argentina in making it out of Group F after defeating Bosnia 1-0.

The Super Eagles are 1/20 to reach the last 16 with a draw against Argentina guaranteeing progression, while Iran (15/2) need to beat Bosnia to have a chance.

Germany still have work to do if they are to progress from Group G following the 2-2 draw with Ghana.

Sky Bet expect Joachim Low's side to complete the job and make them second-favourites at 7/2 in the outright betting.

Hosts Brazil continue as the 100/30 market leaders.