The Golden Boot award goes to the top goal scorer at the FIFA World Cup. If there are two or more players with the same total, the award goes to the player who has contributed the most assists. This is one of the most popular betting options for World Cup and we will shortly be listing the best current odds for the Golden Boot.
The past ten winners
1974 Grzegorz Lato (Poland) 9
1978 Mario Kempes (Argentina) 6
1982 Paolo Rossi (Italy) 6
1986 Gary Lineker (England) 6
1990 Salvatore Schillachi (Italy) 6
1994 Oleg Salenko (Russia), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) 6
1998 Davor Suker (Croatia) 6
2002 Ronaldo (Brazil) 8
2006 Miroslav Klose (Germany) 5
2010 Thomas Müller (Germany) 5
In 2010, Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Forlán each scored 5 goals. Müller won by virtue of having made three assists. Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder.
Golden Boot World Cup 2014
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal into the finals almost single-handed when he struck a hat-trick in the second leg play-off against Sweden. He is also leading the top goal scorers list in La Liga for Real Madrid, averaging more than a goal a game. Much was expected of the 28-year-old in South Africa but he only managed one goal on soccer’s biggest stage.
Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the greatest player in the world and made a flying start to the new season with Barcelona before being side-lined with injury. Messi is the only player to be top scorer in four consecutive Champions League competitions and has also scored a record four hat-tricks in the top European event. Messi set a new European record for goals in a single season of 73 during 2011–12 as well as 50 goals in La Liga.
Sergio Agüero is emerging as Manchester City’s leading striker in the English Premier League. Following his €23 million move to Atletico Madrid in 2006, Agüero scored 101 goals in 234 appearances as well as helping his side to win the UEFA Europa League and Super Cup. His £35 million transfer to City was vindicated when he scored a 94th minute winner against Queen’s Park Rangers to secure the Premiership title for the Manchester club.
Uruguayan Luis Suarez has also been in top form and his country were the last to secure their place in the final 32. Suarez scored 24 goals in 27 matches through qualification and he will be hoping to emulate his countryman Diego Forlán who scored five times in South Africa.
The host nation will be looking to Neymar to lead their attack whilst Holland’s Robin Van Persie can never be ruled out. Neymar’s acceleration, dribbling and goal scoring ability have brought inevitable comparisons with the great Pelé.
Van Persie became a great favourite with the Arsenal fans during his eight years at the club before joining Premiership rivals Manchester United in 2012. He continued where he left off at Arsenal, leading the United attack as they won the Premier League Title. He was appointed captain of the Dutch National team in June this year.
Colombia have been overlooked by many judges in the build-up to Brazil but are currently ranked No. 4 in the FIFA world rankings. A lot of their success is down to Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco, currently top scorer in the French League along with Edinson Cavani.
Falcao has netted 15 times in 20 World Cup qualifying matches for Colombia. In just his first three seasons in European football, Falcao scored over 100 goals including a hat-trick in the UEFA Super Cup, the first player to do so. Last year, Falcao joined an elite band of players in La Liga history to score five goals in a game. Despite being linked with numerous Premiership clubs, Falcao remains at Monaco.
Edinson Cavani is a team-mate of Saurez at Uruguay who plays club football in France for Paris Saint-Germain. He scored against Colombia on his international debut in 2008 and scored once during his country’s run to fourth place in the 2010 World Cup.
Alvaro Negredo plays alongside Agüero at Manchester City following his summer move from Sevilla. Competition is fierce for a first-team place but Negredo scored his first hat-trick for City in their 5-2 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow to see them safely through to the final 16.
The bookmakers have priced up Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar around the 12-1 mark as favourite to win the Golden Boot. Suarez is 16-1 ahead of Van Persie, Negredo and Agüero at 20-1. Cavani is 33-1 with each-way prices paying one-quarter the odds for places 1,2,3 and 4.