Seeing compatriot Miroslav Klose eclipsing Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup finals goal-scoring record can only act as inspiration for Thomas Mueller ahead of Germany’s showdown with Argentina.
Having taken home the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago after netting five times and assisting three more (which clinched the award in a four-way tie situation), the Bayern Munich man could perceivably get close to breaking
Klose’s record as early as Russia 2018.
Mueller has added another five to his overall haul in Brazil, including a hat-trick against Portugal in Germany’s opening game of the tournament.
As it stands, James Rodriguez is still the market leader to claim the Golden Boot at 1/3 with six goals on the board, but thanks to a higher assist count than the Colombian, Mueller only requires one more in the final to beat him.
As such, the 3/1 about Mueller claiming the glittering, boot-shaped trophy sings out like a canary, considering the way Die Mannschaft tore through Brazil in the last round.
In a night of utter shock for the hosts and the wider football world, one of the only remaining surprises was that Mueller failed to add to his expertly taken volleyed opener.
Although Mueller is not a classic centre-forward in the mould of his veteran teammate, his magnetism toward being in the right place at the right time, is uncannily similar to that of Klose’s.
The fact that Ladbrokes price Mueller up as a 15/8 chance to score any time in the 90 minutes, only shows how good the chances of the German picking up consecutive Golden Boots really are.
Lionel Messi is of course capable of wonders and should not be discounted. But having failed to find the net in his last two games, the Argentine is a more-than-risky 12/1 shot to overhaul the pair of main contenders.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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