adidas_Golden_Awards_MullerGoals win you football games. For obvious reasons, from having better players around him to playing more games in the tournament knockout stages, the Golden Boot favourites will tend to play for the higher-rated teams.

However, playing for one of the top teams does not always mean that the strikers will score goals. For example, 2010 World Cup champions Spain have created a tactical system that does not employ a pure striker, instead playing many attacking midfield players such as Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro. However, they have two strikers in Alvaro Negredo and Diego Costa coming off strong seasons for their club sides, and a more concrete striker may make the Spanish team even more deadly. Because of this, Coral are backing Negredo at 25/1 to win the Golden Boot, however, there are no doubts that Negredo’s Brazil hopes will need to come off the back of a strong finish to the season for his club side Manchester City.

In the 2010 World Cup, Germany’s Thomas Müller won the Golden Boot with five goals. This was quite a shock result as he was only 20 years old at the time; the previous golden boots had been won by more established players in Miroslav Klose (2006- 5 goals) and Brazil’s Ronaldo (2002- 8 goals.) For the 2014 World Cup, the Golden Boot favourites are amongst the very best players in the world.

Golden Boot- The Favourites

Lionel Messi, Argentina, 9/1: With no introduction needed, the world’s best player can destroy teams by himself. A couple of big games could see him out of sight in the goalscoring charts before everyone else begins.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, 14/1: The Real Madrid goal scoring machine will be his side’s primary attacking force. When on form, he can score almost at will and win games on his own.

Neymar, Brazil, 14/1: Messi’s fellow FC Barcelona attacker Neymar will hope that the advantage of playing on home turf and being the main attacking force for Brazil will see him score bucketloads.

Good Value Bets

Luis Suárez, Uruguay, 18/1: Suárez has been in fantastic form for his club Liverpool this season, leading the Premier League golden boot race. Deadly on his day, 18/1 could be a steal if he is on form.

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium, 33/1: If Lukaku can match his form for Everton, he could score many goals in a team full of talented creative players.

  • Carl

    Messi will walk it.

  • Irving08

    The only Golden Boot any Leeds fan should be interested in is Mr Celino’s and how he uses it once he becomes our owner.

  • spellz

    I don’t know if these boys are travelling but Higuain always has a better cup than Messi also I would rather stick my money on Tevez everyone always thinks Messi will walk it he never does.
    I think the one no one is talking about will net a lot providing he is played is Spains Pedro, or any top Spanish midfielder as they only have 3 outright strikers in their squad personally I would have took Villa and Torres also (baffles me with their experience)
    Tbh you have to back the team before the striker picture who you think will win the tourney and chose one of their main attackers, I do not know who Holland have upfront this world cup but I always think they will be a danger as their squad is always very strong and can cause upsets, any team with Arjen Robben in their ranks is a danger.