Above: a muscular Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney (bottom left) and Lionel Messi (right), all looking to perform in the FIFA World Cup
The Golden Boot Award goes to the top scorer of the FIFA World Cup. Who will score the most goals at the World Cup? Here are my top 5 contenders:
1. Lionel Messi, Argentina
Despite being only 5'7” Messi’s agility and quickness allows him to glide past players as if they weren’t there. He plays as a wide or central striker, often moving freely across the pitch to find the ball, turn and run at players. His shooting ability is also excellent, he often scores from free kicks.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Ronaldo may be the best athlete in World Soccer. He plays as a winger or striker. He is known for his incredible speed, dribbling, crossing and shooting ability. Ronaldo was the winner of the Ballon D’or award, crowning him world player of the year. Can his success continue with Portugal?
3. Sergio Aguero, Argentina
Aguero joins forces with Lionel Messi in Argentina’s potent attack. Aguero is described as “sharp and clever”. He is only 5 foot 6” but is stocky in build. He is immensely strong and powerful and has a great work ethic.
4. Luis Suarez, Urugauy
Suarez is aggressive, quick and agile. He often scores goals by cutting inside from the wing using his pace and skill to get past defenders. With his powerful and accurate shot the ball often flies into the corner of the goal.
5. Wayne Rooney, England
Rooney is known for his high work rate, versatile goal scoring ability and outstanding technique. He often scores using his head but also has a strong shot and has scored many goals from far outside the box. This is Rooney’s third World Cup. Will it be third time lucky for him with England?
Honorable Mention: Jozy Alitdore
And finally, the USA’s very own Jozy Alitdore: See all 2014 goals
Altidore could be the USA’s best hope for goals. He is strong, fast and agile. He also has the ability to score free kicks. Altidore finished with a poor run of form for Sunderland last season. Can Jozy Altidore regain the form that saw him score 8 of the 14 goals for the USA in 2013?
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