With four exciting quarter-finals upon us, the Golden Boot race is also in full swing. James Rodriguez leads the hunt with five goals and is currently outshining the big stars, leaving Lionel Messi, Neymar and Thomas Muller one goal behind him.
He is the only player to score in all matches in Brazil and his brace against Uruguay took his country into their first ever World Cup quarter-final.
Messi, Neymar and Muller all drew blanks in their respective last-16 games, but Messi and Muller both assisted crucial goals for their sides.
Neymar, though, has scored the all-important last penalty in the shootout against Chile, which by the way doesn’t count for the Golden Boot race.
All four are still in the tournament, but at least one of them will be eliminated after this round with Rodriguez and Neymar directly meeting each other.
Karim Benzema, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, who all have scored 3 goals so far, have also still outside chances to overtake the top four.
At the previous two World Cups, five goals (2006: Miroslav Klose & 2010: Thomas Muller) were enough to claim the Golden Boot trophy, but surely this time more goals are required to take the prestigious individual award.
Since Gerd Muller in 1970, no Golden Boot winner has reached double figures and France striker, Just Fontaine, is holding the all-time record with 13 goals in the 1958 tournament.
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