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World Cup: Top 13 in-form Golden Boot contenders analysed (1)

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We are now less than 24 hours away from the World Cup and what seems like an eternity of waiting for crazed Brazilian fans for the tournament to return to South American is very nearly over.

Brazil are unsurprisingly the favourites to win the tournament on home soil, just ahead of perennial contenders Germany, Argentina and defending world champions Spain, but there is arguably just as much excitement surrounding the race to be the competition's top scorer.

There is very little chance of seeing a shock entrant when the World Cup final reaches on Sunday July 13, but the golden boot competition is very different and offers punters the chance to make big money with a prudent guess and a bit of bottle.

Just look at the last tournament in South Africa four years ago, where golden boot winner Thomas Muller was a quite remarkable 100/1 to claim that prize, doing so by bagging a relatively modest five goals for Germany on that run to the semi-finals.

A six-goal haul has been enough to claim the individual honour at eight of the last nine tournaments, with a mark of five at the last two finals perhaps showing the increased importance of a midfield stars at the very highest level.

That mark its eminently possible that just about any top centre forward can have genuine designs on the crown with a mix of form and fortune, so where is the smart money for punters on the eve of world football's biggest party?

GMS has attempted to find out by looking at what kind of season each key contender has had approaching the tournament, crunching the numbers so you know where your hard-earned cash should be going for the strongest possible chance of a return.

Click ahead to see the top 13 contenders profiled, for better or worse, as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bid to take on the world and emerge victorious!

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