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12 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Contenders

Iconic names such Gerd Muller, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronaldo Nazario and Miroslav Klose have topped the FIFA World Cup's scoring charts over the years, but who can we look forward to seeing challenge for the Golden Boot in Russia 2018?

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Germany forward Thomas Muller is surely a player who cannot be written off for the prize, given his history in the competition – he has scored 10 goals in two World Cups so far.

Muller is likely to be among the goals once again in Russia, and so might Neymar, who, at 26 years old, is entering the prime of his career. The Selecao superstar found the back of the net four times at the World Cup in 2014, and might have had more if not for the injury he picked up the quarter-finals.

Neymar was forced to sit the rest of the World Cup out as a result, but history might have been written differently had the Paris Saint-Germain star featured against Germany in the semi-final, in which the Brazilians got on the wrong end of a 7-1 drubbing.

Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo might also be among the top scorers, although both have underwhelmed at previous tournaments. 

The two Ballon d'Or rivals have never scored a single knockout goal at the three World Cups they have each played in, which is remarkable considering the status they hold in the beautiful game.

France forward Antoine Griezmann has been tipped as one of the favourites for the Golden Boot, especially after his terrific performances at the 2016 European Championship.

Germany's Timo Werner, Brazil's Gabriel Jesus and France's Kylian Mbappe, who are all younger than the aforementioned stars, also have a chance of being the deadliest attackers in Russia, with their respective countries expected to go far in the tournament. 

Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Egypt's Mohamed Salah might also be in with a shout, although not many have tipped their countries to go much further than the round of 16.

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Premier League striker Harry Kane, England's captain, and Belgium's record scorer Romelu Lukaku could also find themselves among the contenders.

Who do you think will finish the World Cup with the Golden Boot? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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