- UEFA Champions League kicks off this Tuesday night
- The main favorites for winning the title are PSG and Manchester City
- Ronaldo and Messi are playing for different teams now
- Sheriff Tiraspol is the only team to debut in this campaign
Soccer’s most interesting club competition for many fans is the UEFA Champions League. This year’s edition starts this Tuesday, and a lot has changed since the closure of the previous one. The balance of power has changed, with two of today’s best players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, changing their respective uniforms.
Messi and PSG Top Contenders, Ronaldo and Man United No.6
The arrival of Lionel Messi to Paris aroused fans worldwide. But that wasn’t the only reaction. The bookmakers immediately made the Saints the top favorites for winning the UEFA Champions League, and right now, their odds to do that are +400. Slightly behind, comes Manchester City at +450.
Before Messi arrived in Paris, the Citizens were by far the biggest favorites to win the UCL title. But now, Guardiola and be boys have worthy rivals per bookmakers.
Behind is Chelsea, the reigning champions, who are +600, while Bayern Munich comes at +650. That is, in our opinion, a bit underestimating towards the German powerhouse who deserves to be better placed.
Liverpool is +800, and Manchester United follows its biggest rivals at +850. Though, the Red Devils have drastically improved their prospects by bringing Cristiano Ronaldo. Before that, the odds on United were far, far longer, somewhere up to +2000. But as soon as the Portuguese landed at Trafford, things changed.
Real Madrid is +1400 to win the title, Barcelona +2000, the same as Atletico Madrid, while Juventus slid to +2800 after Cristiano departed.
Bundesliga Players Want the Golden Boot
Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski have the highest chances of winning the Golden Boot, with Bayern’s player standing a bit better among the bookies.
Lewa is +500 to snatch the award, and Haaland +550. What could work in the veteran’s favor is the fact that Bayern should go deeper in the knockout stage, which immediately gives him more games to play.
Messi is +700 and Ronaldo +800. The Argentinian will have Neymar and Mbappe beside him in PSG, while Ronaldo won’t have to share the ball with teammates as his big rival.
By the way, we need to mention Romelu Lukaku +600 and Mbappe at +800. They too could be dark horses for this award.
Sheriff’s Magical Stroy
Moldova is proud today. Their champions, Sheriff Tiraspol, have managed to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage, becoming the first team from this country to do so. The political situation in this country is a bit complex, and we won’t go into that, but we are more than sure that Sheriff’s success will make things much easier for at least those days when Inter Milan or Real Madrid come to the country.
Sheriff has the lowest odds of winning the title, +30000, which is somewhat understandable, considering that their most expensive player costs $1 million.
Anyhow, Sheriff’s fairytale is about to become, and it would be unfair not to mention it.