One of the subplots of Germany’s amazing 7-1 win over Brazil in the semi-finals of the World Cup is the goal that Thomas Muller scored to take his total for the tournament to five. That leaves him just one goal behind James Rodriguez of Colombia in the race for the Golden Boot, awarded to the top scorer in the World Cup. Sportsbooks make Rodriguez the favourite to win the Golden Boot.
Rodriguez cannot add to his total as Colombia are no longer in the World Cup. Germany will now play in the final on Sunday against Argentina or Holland so Muller has one more match in which to score one or more goals. If Muller reaches seven goals he will be the first player to win the Golden Boot more than once, assuming Lionel Messi does not overhaul him playing in two more matches for Argentina.
Since 1996 only two top scorers in the World Cup have not played in the maximum number of matches. In the current format a player has seven opportunities to score in a match as long as his side reach the semi-finals or beyond. Rodriguez is still the favourite with sportsbooks to end the tournament with most individual goals. He is also the only player to have scored at least one goal in each of the matches he has played. Smart punters are backing him to win the Golden Boot.
The Holland stalwarts of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie are still in the mix to be the top scorer in the 2014 World Cup. As semi-finalists they will have two more matches in which to boost their totals. The losing semi-finalists play in a 3rd and 4th place play-off and goals scored in this match count towards deciding who wins the Golden Boot. Betting in Asia indicates they will not reach seven goals.
Messi has a semi-final and one other match to add to his personal collection of four goals. He is the favourite to be the voted player of the tournament and could win the Golden Boot. If Argentina win the World Cup Messi will make a significant contribution in terms of goals or assists so could win all the team and individual prizes. Online betting sites are offering the best odds for this to happen.