The game of football has gradually transformed over the years since it came into being. From the way the game was governed across the globe to the amount of money filtering into it, there has been a stark metamorphosis within the sport. With all the spotlight and media attention, came the money and gradually the sport became an attractive business proposition.
However, the one constant about this sport has been the undying fascination that every footballer has had about winning the most coveted trophy that it presents; the World Cup.
With another edition of the World Cup just around the corner, it’s time once again to weigh the contrasting possibilities that this tournament offers. Who would be crowned as the new world champions? Would the Brazilians reign supreme in their own backyard or will the Spanish armada retain their title?
Although, there is no bigger honor than lifting the World Cup, winning the Golden Boot finishes as a close second. Let’s populate a list of top three contenders for the Golden Boot this year.
1. Alvaro Negredo
The Spain forward could turn out to be a potent weapon in their strike-force this year after having a high-scoring season for Manchester City (23 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions). The former Sevilla front man, who joined the blue half of Manchester earlier this season for a reported fee of £16.4 million, and his exploits in a City shirt have gone largely unnoticed courtesy his Argentine partner-in-crime Sergio Aguero.
However, Negredo has forged together with Aguero one of the most threatening strike partners in the Premier League and is likely to be the first choice for Vicente Del Bosque.
2. Mario Balotelli
The 23 year old Milan striker is perhaps a controversial choice given his reputation to get embroiled in unnecessary fights on the field. However, to be fair to Balotelli, he has effectively put a lid on his temper and has significantly matured as a footballer over the course of the season.
The amount of faith that Cesare Prandelli has shown on the young striker has really rubbed on him and is going to be a key figure in the Italian side this World Cup.
3. Thomas Mueller
The Bayern Munich midfielder has been a key figure in both the club and international level for a few years now. What really makes Mueller indispensable is his uncanny habit to score goals even from the midfield.
The 25 year old has scored 18 goals for the Bavarians this season and is going to hold the aces for the Die Mannschaft this World Cup.