The Golden Shoe in international competitions is always a fiercely contested battle. At the last tournament in South Africa, five men, incredibly, finished with an identical goals tally, with German Tomas Muller taking the award on virtue of the number of assists he laid on for his team.
This time around a number of men are again vying for the award, with German Mario Gomez currently the favourite to take up Muller’s mantle.
Here I have picked 10 players who I feel have at least a semi-realistic chance of claiming the golden boot, taking into account the value their current betting odds offer.
I have chosen against selecting Muller, as I feel he will form more of a subsidiary role in the German attack, and have declined to select a single England player for a number of reasons: Rooney’s suspension, the country’s poor record at tournaments and Andy Carroll’s lack of ability paramount.
Whatever happens and whomever is transcribed into the history books as the tournament's top scorer, Poland and Ukraine 2012 promises as feast of football. At Bleacher Report for one, we cannot wait.
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