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2015 Copa America Golden Boot contenders

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This years Copa America should be a goal-fest. The likes go Messi, Neymar and Aguero will all be out in force, desperate to score the goals there team will need to bag the trophy.

The question that remains for fans and punters is who will score the most goals?

We've narrowed it down to to our top seven possible Golden Boot winners.

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7) Roberto Firmino

The Hoffenheim attacking midfielder is likely to be a real danger at this years Copa America. Having made his debut for Brazil in November 2014 the 23-year-old has gone on to make 6 appearances for his national side.

He has scored 49 goals in 151 appearances for his club and a strong start for Brazil and Firmino could see him finishing right up their with the expected high scorers of the competition.

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6) Edinson Cavani

Uruguay surprised many when they went on to win the Copa America in 2011 and there is no reason why they can't do it again four years on.

If Uruguay are to repeat the-feat they achieved in the previous competition they'll need Cavani firing on all cylinders and if that happens, he could easily finish as the tournament top-scorer. Cavani has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season.

5) Radamel Falcao

Manchester United looked to have bagged the signing of the summer at this stage last season when they signed Falcao on loan from Monaco. 12 months later and things don't seem so good. The striker has failed to score consistently in his time at Old Trafford.

Despite the disappointing campaign the Columbias record for his country remains as strong as ever. The forward has scored 25 goals in just 57 games for his country. A healthy return that if kept up during the Copa America, could see the 29-year-old win this years golden boot.

4) Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has had the season of his life with new club Arsenal. The 26-year-old has helped his side secure top-four and win the FA Cup, scoring a total of 25 goals in the process.

The former Barca player watched his former side win the treble without him this season. How that affects his mental attitude going into the tournament remains to be seen, but whatever happens, he'll be a real favourite to score the most goals in his home country at the tournament.

3) Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero has long be a target of Real Madrid, and for good reason. Over the last few seasons Aguero has developed into one of the worlds most prolific strikers. The forward is in good company playing for Argentina too.

The South America outfit are favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament and with Messi and Di Maria putting balls on a plate for him to score, the Argentinean will have ample opportunity to notch a few goals before the tournament is up.

2) Neymar

In at number two is Champions League winner Neymar, the Brazilian super star has long been known to football fans all over the world and completed what many thought he would do by winning the Champions League this season.

Neymar is starting to edge his way towards the same bracket of performances that we regularly see from the top two players in the world, Ronaldo and Messi. A good tournament for Neymar will mean a good tournament for Brazil, and possibly a golden boot for the 23-year-old.

1) Lionel Messi

The winner is, in truth, an obvious one. He stands aloft, head and shoulders above any other player heading to the Copa America this year. If Messi can perform to his potential he could carry Argentina all the way to winning the final, scoring a hateful of goals in the process.

When the 27-year-old is on song there is little any defence can do. We talk not of Messi being the best in the world, but the best ever. His infinite qualities set him apart from any other player on this list. He is certainly favourite to land the golden boot.

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