It's an unwritten rule in football that goals win games, but next summer, goals could win far more than just a game.

When the World Cup heads to Brazil in 2014, spectators will be hoping countries from across the world can adopt the typically attacking style displayed by many of the great South American teams of yesteryear.

Should teams decide to go on the offensive, it could be that the team with the highest marksman in the competition go all the way and lift the famous trophy, which is why winning the Golden Boot could be much more than just a personal accolade next year.

Here, GMS take a look at six lethal shooters who could guide their team all the way to glory should they hit the target regularly.

Neymar

Brazil will be among the favourites to lift the trophy in their own backyard and if they are to go all the way, then the mercurial talent that is Neymar will need to be at his best.

The Barcelona man was among the top-scorers at the Confederations Cup this summer and will hope to replicate his form from FIFA's warm-up event when the real thing arrives next summer.

With the likes of Oscar and Hernanes providing constant service, Neymar could well be taking home the Golden Boot, and a World Cup winners medal too.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal look set to have to negotiate their way through a tricky play-off tie in the European section of World Cup qualifying, but should they make it to Brazil, the Real Madrid star will be a hot favourite to pick up the Golden Boot.

Ronaldo is a perfect specimen of a man, possessing pace, power and raw ability in equal measures.

Though Portugal have long been without their golden generation of Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Nuno Gomes, Ronaldo has what it takes to single handedly lead them to a first World Cup triumph, picking up individual rewards while he's at it.

Mario Balotelli

The Italians surprised everyone with their performances at Euro 2012, losing in the final to Spain having initially been expected to struggle to assert themselves on the competition.

A major factor behind their run to the final was AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, and the former Manchester City man has shown he has what it takes to trouble the best of defences.

Balotelli is exceptionally talented and infuriatingly frustrating in equal measures but if he can curb the antics that have blighted his early career there's no doubt he has what it takes to be the leading goalscorer next summer.

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Rooney will be hoping to emulate Gary Lineker and become only the second Englishman to get his hands on a World Cup Golden Boot.

England are yet to seal their place in Brazil and questions remain over whether or not they'll make any kind of impact on the tournament should they qualify, but this could be the time when Rooney comes of age.

Since bursting onto the international scene at Euro 2004, the 27-year-old is yet to make waves at a major international tournament but if England surprise us all and progress to the latter stages then you can expect Rooney to be battling it out for the Golden Boot.

Romelu Lukaku

A surprise inclusion perhaps, but Lukaku could well be spearheading a fearless Belgium side that's bursting with attacking intent.

The likes of Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke will cause havoc for any defence and you can expect Lukaku to be ready to pounce on any chance that comes his way.

At just 20-years-old this may be a tournament too soon for the on-loan Everton man, but if he can recreate his Premier League form in Brazil then there's a high chance he'll challenge more established stars for the title of World Cup top goalscorer. 

Lionel Messi

You didn't think we'd miss him out, did you?

Messi is arguably the best player to ever have a ball at his feet and 2014 could well be the year he showcases his unstoppable club form on the international scene.

Argentina are blessed with attacking talent, but Messi will remain the focal point of the team and is expected to hit the net countless times, as he does so easily for club side, Barcelona.

If Messi is at the top of his game next summer there will be few teams that can stop Argentina, and even fewer men who can stop him getting his hands on the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot.


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