With the 2014 World Cup just two months away we’ll take a look at the contenders to win the Golden Boot at the tournament in Brazil.
Winning the World Cup is every players dream where scoring the most goals in a World Cup comes in at a close second. The 2010 World Cup Golden Boot was shared four ways last time round with Wesley Sneijder, Thomas Müller, Diego Forlan and David Villa winning the award. Scoring the most goals at a World Cup is a tremendous achievement for any player and we will go through all the likely contenders, unlikely contenders and dark horses for the 2014 World Cup:
Most Likely: Looking at who’s playing who in the group stage, Argentina, Brazil and France have relatively easier group stages than other possible title contenders such as Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Italy. With Argentina being so top-heavy up front the likes of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero may score heavily against Iran, where there is a possibility there may be many goals for Argentina against Nigeria or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hosts Brazil play Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico which could see their star player Neymar score many goals in the group stage.
France could score heavily in the tournament as they play Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador in the group stage. You could see France’s main striker Karim Benzema potentially score several goals in those three matches. If France win their group they are likely to play Bosnia and Herzegovina or Nigeria in the Round of 16 then potentially Germany in the quarter-finals. If Benzema’s prolific club form continues he may continue that into the World Cup and be the golden boot winner.
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Unlikely: With Netherlands facing a tough group stage I do not expect likes of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben will be that successful in terms of goals scored for the Oranje. Portugal play Germany, Ghana and the United States in the group stage, so I don’t see Ronaldo scoring many in that part of the tournament. England play Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages which makes me think that the likes of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge will struggle to score goals. As for Italy I’m picking Balotelli to score no more than four goals if they progress past the group stage. With Colombia’s Radamel Falcao being out injured for a long period I don’t think he will retain his world class form before the tournament kicks off on the 12th of June.
Don’t Rule Out: Germany play Portugal, United States and Ghana at the World Cup suggesting the likes of Miroslav Klose (if picked), Mario Gomez or Thomas Muller will score many goals in that stage of the tournament. However Germany are likely to go all the way suggesting the likes of Muller or Gomez may score more than four goals. Whoever Spain pick to lead the attack may be close to the Golden Boot. The likes of Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, David Villa or Fernando Torres have the ability to score goals. You can not forget Uruguay’s Luis Suarez who will play Costa Rica, England and Italy in the group stages. If Uruguay progress past the group stages he could be at the top of the list for the Golden Boot.
Dark Horses: World Cups are full of surprises, who would have expected Thomas Muller and Diego Forlan to get Golden Boot in South Africa in 2010. The likes of Brazil’s Fred has the ability to score goals while Oscar is one of few midfielders mentioned in the above Bwin list. Belgium’s Eden Hazard is an explosive player who we are most looking forward to see at the World Cup. Further dark horses could include Germany’s Mario Gotze, Brazil’s Hulk, Germany’s Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle, Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Pedro Rodriguez.
Who do you think will win it?