The World Cup offers the ultimate prize in football for one nation ready to seize the glory. Winning this prestigious and historic tournament can boost the profile and morale of a nation and its economy, as well as giving millions of fans the satisfaction of knowing their nation's football team is the best in the world.
But this great tournament also offers a marvellous opportunity for individuals to showcase their own particular talents and scouts from across the globe will be in attendance this summer in Brazil.
Nothing grabs the eye quite like goals, and especially players who have a habit of frequently scoring them. Here are three candidates for this year's World Cup Golden Boot.
1.) Gonzalo Higuain
The powerful Napoli forward is expected to take his place as the spearhead of a steadily backed Argentina side, in a 4-3-3 formation. Whilst compatriots Aguero and Messi may receive more intense attention from opposition defences, expect Higuain to find pockets of space and unleash his fine finishing ability. Finishing only behind Messi in qualifying with nine goals, Higuain could be the man to fire Argentina to glory at the home of their fiercest rivals.
2.) Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku's odds to finish as the World Cup's top goalscorer seem to be shortening with each passing day. The stand out dark horses for this year's tournament, Belgium's 'golden generation' are a side packed full of talent and Lukaku appears to be a man who is hitting form at exactly the right time. Having scored three against minnows Luxembourg and one in an impressive away win at Sweden, Chelsea's forgotten striker could well become a national hero.
Whilst Spain's awesome midfield fulcrum draws a large percentage of the plaudits given to this fantastic team, Pedro's dynamism and cutting edge adds a much needed alternative offensive angle to this possession based side. With four goals during Spain's qualifying fixtures, he finished as top scorer for his country. Having the quality that they do, Spain should go far again in Brazil, watch out for little Pedro.
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