Thursday, July 8, 2010

Who will Win the Golden Boot: World Cup Football 2010?

While Spain and Netherlands are eyeing on their first World Cup title, a number of players are now in the race of winning the Golden Boot award which is given to the top scorer of the tournament.

Golden Boot award has been being awarded since the first World Cup tournament in 1930. Now, the question is who is going to win the award this year.

Well, there are a number of contenders including Spain’s David Villa and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, both of whom scored 5 goals each so far in the tournament. Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller and Diego Forlan are also very much in the race with 4 goals to their name. All of them have 1 match in hand to increase their goal tally.

Striker David Villa has been the best performer for Spain so far in the tournament. Each of his 5 goals in 6 matches came in winning causes for Spain. The only match that Spain won without David Villa scoring was their 1-0 semi final victory over Germany. Villa, who was also the top scorer of Euro 2008, is now just two goals away from being the all time top scorer for Spain surpassing Raul’s record 44 international goals.

Wesley Sneijder may be an attacking midfielder, but the 26-year-old has already proven that he is not far behind form a striker when it comes to scoring. The Inter Milan star scored 5 goals of which 4 came in the last 3 matches of the knock out round.

Most importantly, his two goals against Brazil were instrumental behind the Dutch victory over the five-time world champion. Sneijder is now, in fact, one of the strongest contenders for both Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards.

For Germany, the World Cup may have already finished, even though they have a third place-deciding match against Uruguay. However, for German striker Miroslav Klose, the tournament is not yet finished as he still has the chance to surpass Ronaldo’s record 15 World Cup goals to become the all time highest scorer of the tournament. He already has 14 goals to his name including this year’s 4, and now needs two more to clinch this record.

Thomas Muller is arguably the best young player of the tournament. There are many who believe that his suspension for the semi final match against Spain was one of the reasons behind the German defeat. Showing his talent and scoring prowess, Muller has netted 4 goals so far in the tournament. As Muller is returning against Uruguay, he still has a chance to win the Golden Boot.

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan is another contender to become the highest scorer of the tournament. He has 4 goals to his credit and the 31-year-old would like to increase his goal tally by scoring against Germany. Though Uruguay could not reach the tournament final, the South Americans would now look for a special performance from Diego Forlan and go back home with the third place title.

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