Our in-house scribe takes a look at the players at this year’s soccer world cup likely to claim the Golden Boot.
Let’s take a closer look at who could claim the prestigious accolade, won previously by two players currently participating in the soccer world cup, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller.
Messi knows how to bag those individual awards, it’s just the main prize that seems to be a bit too far out of reach for the little maestro. Argentina boasts one of the fiercest attacks so there will be plenty of chances for the likes of Messi and co. La Albiceleste are not guaranteed to win the tournament, but what is certain, is that Messi will be up there on the goalscoring charts.
Neymar got the Bronze Boot in 2014, scoring four goals, the same as Messi and Robin van Persie, but because the Brazilian played fewer minutes, he was handed with the award. This time, Neymar should play every second of Brazil’s run in the soccer world cup, and although he is a wide player, his goals per game ratio speak volumes when he is playing for his national team.
It will be much tougher on the world stage, but a player with Griezmann’s quality can never be backed against. His midfield providers and wingers come off the back of superb seasons with their respective clubs, so should the Frenchman start in a striking role, which is inevitable, 16/1 seems to be an excellent price.
Ronaldo has already dealt with the biggest and baddest goalkeepers in the business, so nothing should stop the Portuguese captain from proving that he is really and truly the world’s best.
Germany are one of the favourites for the tournament, and as history indicates, Die Mannschaft know how to go about their business and embarrass teams with a high scoreline defeat. Muller will also be eyeing Miroslav Klose’s record of 16 goals in the soccer world cup. With 10 already to his name, and being 28-years old, Muller will surely feel he has a huge chance.
What boosts the Brazilian’s chances is that Neymar is also on free-kicks and penalties for his country, plus, I expect them to go far in the tournament, with the world’s most expensive player to be in the thick of things.