World Cup is about to kick off in few days and the fans are anxiously waiting to witness the greatest competitions in the history of the game. In the process of scoring goals for the team and winning the World Cup, the players might get their hands on the much loved Golden Boot as well. The Golden Boot is given to the player who amasses the most number of goals in a particular edition of the Wolrd Cup.
This edition of the tournament as well, there are players who with the intent of winning a cup for the team, might end up being the title holder or runner-up in the race for the Golden Boot.
Let’s have a look at the 3 footballers who are in the race for the Golden Boot in this edition of the World Cup
Thomas Muller – Germany
” Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man” this proverb suits right for the German captain Thomas Muller. He may not be the greatest forward of the current generation, still, he knows just the right moments to play his shots and clinch the victory under impossible situations.
In the past, Muller had been a recipient of the Golden Boot in 2010 edition of the cup and was on the verge of making it once again, but had to satisfy himself with a Silver Boot in the 2014 World Cup. It’s said that the key to the Golden Boot is to have weak sides in your group which can be pretty easy to score against with the slightest probability of posing as a threat.
Though the present German side might not be as intimidating as their 2014 winning side, they will be expected to make an entry into the top 4 at least.
With teams like the Korea Republic, Mexico and Sweden under their group, the German unit probably won’t break a sweat while paving their way into the knockout stages. One can predict the chances Muller would get to make a dent in the opposition unit in this edition.
Lionel Messi – Argentina
The Argentian superstar might be playing his last World Cup in this edition and wouldn’t leave a stone unturned to take his side to a victory. Though individual achievement hardly has any effect on Messi, considering that he has a trophy to win this edition, still, he is one of the strongest players in the race for the Golden Boot.
The odds of winning might not be in his team’s favor, which is something that even Messi accepts to quite an extent. The Barcelona legend had lifted the Golden Ball in 2014 and it won’t be surprising if he manages to seize the Golden Boot this edition, considering the form he has been in lately.
He scored a total of 7 goals in the qualifiers with his hattrick in their match at Quito which is the only reason they ended up boarding the flight to Russia. Argentina would be yet again depending on Messi to pull off a miracle in the later stages of the tournament and plunge them towards a victory.
Neymar Jr. – Brazil
The Brazilian superstar hurled himself among the league of some greatest footballers by smacking 4 goals in the previous edition of the game in their home soil. Back in 2014, he was still trying to establish his position in the playing XI, but, over the years he has turned out to be the greatest match winner for the Selecao.
Brazil and the World Cup seemed like a match made in heaven. Perhaps, destiny had some other plans for Neymar and the team in that tournament. The squad cruised to the semi-finals with back to back thumping victories only to get choked by the German unit at the penultimate stage of the tournament.
Neymar’s vertebra injury in the quarterfinals of the game sealed away Brazil’s chances of lifting the cup. It is a pity that a team like Brazil had to face a shameful exit from the tournament, considering they were the favorites to win the cup back in their home soil.
The Selecao will be facing Costa Rica, Serbia, and Switzerland in the group stages and it looks like ensuring a place in the round of 16 would be a piece of cake for the 5-time champions. The team would surely expect Neymar to go all guns blazing and tear the opposition apart in the riveting competition, yet they won’t be over-relying on him.
They seem to have chipped in the right set of players this time with each possessing the ability to inflict some serious damage when needed. Brazil has always been one of the favorites of the cup and this time as well, under the guidance of the legend Tite, they will aim to reclaim their lost glory.