Belgium centre back, Daniel Van Buyten, believes his Bayern Munich team mate, Arjen Robben, could win the Golden Boot at this World Cup.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Van Buyten spoke fondly of the Netherlands winger stating: "I’m expecting him to maintain his current form and attract a few more positive headlines along the way. He’s got the ability to win the Golden Boot, but with the likes of Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Thomas Müller in good form, competition is very high. It’s definitely going to be exciting."
Robben has scored three goals so far and is level with Manchester United striker, Robin Van Persie. However, he is currently one behind Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller and Neymar and many believe it is their respective countries that will be battling it out for the prize on 13th July.
Louis Van Gaal's side have had a solid campaign so far having won three out of three so far and they will face Brazil in the semi-finals if they were to progress.
Best qualifying record
The Dutch had the best record in qualifying having gained 28 points from 30 and they were the World Cup finalists last time around.
Having crushed the holders 5-1 in their opening game, they are solid bet however, having never lifted the trophy and being the runners up on three occasions, it is possible that they are cursed on the main stage.
Their talisman, Robben, has continued from his fine form for his club in the opening group games having embarrassed a damaged Ikier Casillas when rounding him for his second goal of the match against Spain, and then scored an individually created goal against Australia, running from just in side their half to finally find the net.
He has already scored more goals in this tournament than he did in both the tournaments in South Africa and Germany combined. It looks like the 30 year old is ready to stamp his mark on this tournament and he is aware that just three games separate them from the final.
After they capped off the group with a two win over Group B runners up, Chile, Robben added how surprised he was the his team had done as well as they had done.
Before the games kicked off, his side were 25/1 odds on to win the competition and now they're 8/1. They are fourth in the running behind the favourites Brazil, Argentina and Germany, who have the leading scorers.
Van Buyten's Belgium are 20/1 but are still heavily favoured due to the array of Premier League stars they have flowing through their ranks.
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