13th Jul 2014 | World Cup

World Cup Final: Germany v Argentina Anytime Goalscorer Tip

If Germany force the pace then Messi may finally get the space to cause havoc when it matters the most.

He may have come in for criticism for going AWOL against the Netherlands in the semi-finals, but Lionel Messi still has the opportunity to write himself into the annals of history on Sunday night.

If the Barcelona maestro makes a telling contribution which results in Argentina lifting the trophy for the first time in 28 years then he will finally earn his place alongside the great Diego Maradona.

It’s a mark of Messi’s status that his World Cup could be considered anything like a disappointment considering his match-winning performances in the group stages when he proved the difference against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

The 26-year-old fired four goals in those three fixtures before drawing a blank in his last three. But the omens are good given that he is has never gone four matches without a goal since Sabella became his international boss in August 2011.

Argentina have laboured against sides who have set out to contain them with Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands all proving tricky to break down while showing limited ambition themselves. Finally, Messi may find a little more space on the counter-attack given that Germany seem likely to go on the offensive.

This makes him a great bet to score anytime in 90 minutes at best odds of 19/10 with BetVictor - a firm who will also give you your money back as a free bet if the match goes to penalties.

*If the match goes to a penalty shoot-out, BetVictor will refund all losing pre-match Correct Score, First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, HT/FT, Scorecast & Spincast bets as a free bet up to £10.

*85/40 immediately available with BetVictor as article went live.

1pt Anytime Goalscorer: Lionel Messi (90 mins) 85/40* with BetVictor
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 10:01 13th Jul, 2014 but subject to change

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