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Posted by GayleHagan3046 on June 22, 2014, 10:47 pm
[p]  The race for the Golden Boot, the top scorer at the World Cup, is something that dominates headlines and column inches every four years. Ever since Argentina's Guillermo Stabile netted eight goals in 1930, the prize for the tournament's top goal getter is something that fans simply love to debate. Sometimes, [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]soccer shoes outlet[/url] as with Just Fontaine in 1958 or Gerd Muller in 1970, it is an easy decision, but 2014 has started off with a number of the world's top stars vying for contention.Since 1978, the winner has scored an average of six goals. Already this tournament, however, there are five players with half that number after just two games. Here are the contenders:LeadersClearly there has been one team who has impressed more than others in the opening games in Brazil and that is Netherlands. A 5-1 demolition of Spain saw Arjen Robben (3) and Robin van Persie (3) lay down a marker with some quite fabulous goals, one of which has resulted in a new craze called "Persieing," and they both got on the scoresheet again in the 3-2 win over Australia. In the race for gold, though, RVP will be one game down on his teammate as he is suspended for the final group match against Chile.If you look back over the past two years, it's notable that the Golden Boot has been won by a German. In 2006, Miroslav Klose (who recently equaled Ronaldo's all-time record in the competition by netting his 15th goal) bagged five, while Thomas Muller netted five at South Africa 2010 to walk off with the prize. The Bayern man is being used as a "false nine" in Brazil and, at the tender age of 24, already has more World Cup goals than most players manage in a lifetime -- his hat trick against Portugal has him well in the running.France have not had the best of times in recent World Cups -- 2010 was a disaster best left unsaid, while defeat in the 2006 final after that head-butt from Zinedine Zidane didn't end the way they would have wanted. Still, persuading coach Didier Deschamps to show [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]cheap football shoes[/url] faith in him, Karim Benzema looks like he might be set for a stellar World Cup. His three goals have come from two (nearly three, after his effort that hit the woodwork then rebounded in off the goalkeeper was awarded as an own goal) against Honduras, and another in the 5-2 hammering of Switzerland. The Real Madrid man certainly has the confidence to keep the run going.The last on the list may need some introduction. Say the names Valencia and Ecuador in the same sentence and one tends to think of the Manchester United winger, Antonio. However, Enner Valencia is proving that he has more than just a famous name as the Pachuca striker has netted a trio of goals, one against Switzerland in defeat, and a classy brace to beat rivals Honduras 2-1. Offers will be piling in this summer and, while few expect his scoring run to continue deep into the tournament, Enner has the tools to make a name for himself before he has to head home.Coming from behindQuite a collection of players are on two goals, namely: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The South American trio [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]football shoes for sale[/url] are arguably three of the best four forwards in the game (the other being the scoreless Cristiano Ronaldo) and have all played their part in saving their respective teams so far. While the home pressure is on Neymar to succeed, previous form suggests that Messi and Suarez will be two of the players fighting it out for Golden Boot honours as the World Cup progresses.Colombia have been firing on all cylinders and, while many expected Jackson Martinez to fill the substantial boots of the injured Falcao, midfielder James Rodriguez has stepped up to prove his goal threat is real. Showcasing his heading skills as well as his technical gift, if Colombia continue on their wave of confidence then the AS Monaco man could well be in the running.Confidence could also play a part in Clint Dempsey's hopes. The entire nation of America is behind the Seattle man as he suffered a broken nose after scoring within a minute to set up the win over Ghana, then netted another against Portugal before their hearts were broken late on. Still, two goals and all of a sudden the "Group of Death" doesn't look so scary.One of the shocks of the tournament so far has been the form of Costa Rica, but their four goals to date have been shared across four different players. Joel Campbell may look like the best bet, however, if they continue to impress -- although he would need to make the most of their game against England, with the Three Lions playing only for pride and Costa Rica already through.Africa's finest could be in the running as well: Ivory Coast's Gervinho has two [url=http://worldcupsoccershoes.com]cheap soccer cleats[/url] goals in two games, while Andre Ayew from Ghana is surely worthy of a start now he has the same. However, despite an impressive two-goal performance from Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli, it would require some performance from his side in the next games to keep him at the top of the list.[/p]

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