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Golden Boot Contender

Can Muller Or Messi Catch James?

It’s only two games left until arguably the most exiting World Cup of all time will be finished. The Golden Boot race is still open, but can Thomas Muller or Lionel Messi still catch James Rodriguez?

It will be difficult for both of them. Muller currently stands on five goals and three assists, while Messi has scored four and assisted one.

Both of them have already played six games, but World Cup sensation, James Rodriguez, has left the tournament with six goals and two assists in only five games.

If two or more players are tied with the same amount of goals, the minutes in which they have scored their goals will be taken into consideration.

The player who took the least minutes to score the goals wins the Golden Boot, which favours Rodriguez in case another player ends up with six goals.

Subsequently, Lionel Messi would have to score a hat-trick in the final against Germany and Thomas Muller needs a brace against Argentina, because only then they would end up with one more goal than the Colombian.

Both scenarios could happen, but sound quite unlikely. However, in a tournament which has broken so many records nothing seems impossible.

The 2014 World Cup only needs five more goals in the final two games to become the tournament with the most goals scored ever. Currently we are sitting on 167 goals in 62 games, but during the 1998 World Cup in France 171 had been scored.

In eight out of the last nine tournaments six goals had been enough to lift the Golden Boot, with only Ronaldo scoring eight in 2002.

The last two Golden Boot winners came from Germany, with Klose and Muller winning the individual award with five goals in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

Do you think Lionel Messi or Thomas Muller can still outscore James Rodriguez? Have your say in the comment section below.

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