Going into the World Cup, all the top strikers will have their sights on the much coveted Golden Boot.
It's presented to honor the top scorer of the tournament.
This time around there are quite a few contenders vying for the Boot. With Spain, Germany, Brazil, and England expected to make it into the final laps of the tournament, the potential Golden Boot winner could be from any of these teams.
Out of these, Germany's attacking options are not convincing enough.
Miroslav Klose, last edition's winner, is aged, and looks out of sorts. Other attacking options are Mario Gomez, and Lukas Podolski.
Gomez would be the last choice on any one's list, while Podolski is totally out-of-form.
He had struggled in the 2009-10 Bundesliga season for FC Koln, but still has the quality to raise his game for a major event like the World Cup. His international record is too good to write him off.
In case of England, unpredictability is the word that describes the team in the best possible way.
With so many world-class players lining up for England, goals could flow from all angles not just from the boots of forwards.
Moreover, barring Rooney, there isn't anyone capable of scoring a multitude of goals.
Rooney is certainly a strong contender with the able support of world-class attacking midfielders—Gerrard and Lampard.
However, Rooney hasn't yet opened his account in the World Cup, so it's too early to consider him earnestly. Let him break his naught with a spectacular goal!
Brazil has Luis Fabiano, and he's one of the most clinical finishers in the game today. He, too, is a realistic option.
Then you've Messi, Robin Van Persie (if fit), Fernando Torres, and Nickolas Anelka. All of them have an outside chance.
However, my pick is Spain's David Villa.
He's one of the most clinical finishers in modern day football. Villa's exquisite finishing is unparalleled, and he's relatively strong on his weaker foot, too.
You can always expect goals from his boot.
In addition to his own skills, Spain is a fantastic team. They play for each other, and are a strong passing side that love possession football.
Spain's midfield is arguably the strongest of all the 32 teams participating in this edition's World Cup.
Imagine players like Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, and Xabi Alonso on the bench!
If the midfield is mighty strong, like that of Spain's, you could guarantee a plethora of goals from the strikers.
Villa's striking partner will be Fernando Torres, who complements the former with his direct style.
Defenders will have a tough time mellowing down a physically superior target man like Torres.
So, it gives Villa more freedom to attack the penalty box.
Villa is a clever, spontaneous, and lethal striker. He doesn't drop back often, and always looks for openings to make marauding runs into the opposite box.
Assailant and predator would be the right words to describe him in short.
Having already scored 37 goals for his national team, Villa will only score more in South Africa. The only question is how many?
He has already directed warning knells to his opponents by scoring in a practice game against Saudi Arabia, which Spain narrowly won 3-2.
Villa is in great form, and should be raring to go. With Spain widely touted as the favorites, Villa should be the first name on anyone's book when it comes to potential Golden Winners.
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