Germany's Thomas Mueller Looking to Become 1st 2-Time Golden Boot Winner

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 13, 2014

Germany's Thomas Mueller celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Germany forward Thomas Mueller needs at least one goal in the World Cup final on Sunday to become the first two-time Golden Boot winner, per ESPN FC.

Colombia's James Rodriguez is currently the top goalscorer in this year's tournament with six, followed by Mueller's five and then Argentina's Lionel Messi, who will be facing off against the Germans on Sunday, at four.

It has been a record-setting month for Mueller, who became the second player to score five goals in back-to-back World Cups when he opened the scoring in Germany's 7-1 rout of Brazil in the semifinal.

Mueller's 10 career World Cup goals is a feat matched by only 13 players in the tournament's history, and at 24 years old, he is the third-youngest player to reach the mark.

Mueller took home the Golden Boot during the 2010 tournament in South Africa when he scored in Germany's opening match against Australia, then bagged a brace against England in the round of 16 and added another in the quarterfinals against Argentina.

He has led the way again for the Germans this year in Brazil, tallying a hat trick against Portugal in the group stage opener and scoring the lone goal against the United States in the group stage finale, before starting the rout against the Brazilians in the semifinals on Tuesday.