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Higuain ignites Argentina and his own quest for Golden Shoe

| 28.06.2010

Gonzalo Higuain is now the 7/4 favourite to win the Golden Shoe, after he scored his fourth goal of the World Cup during Argentina’s 3-1 win over Mexico.

The Real Madrid striker coolly rounded Mexican goalkeeper Oscar Perez and slotted into an empty net to become the first player of this year’s competition to score four goals.

Maradona’s Argentina face Germany in the quarter-finals, and with both sides’ penchant for fluid, attacking football, goals should be plentiful.

An Argentina win is priced at 11/10, and should this outcome materialise, Higuain could well be at the heart of Argentina’s success.

Argentina are now 3/1 favourites to win the World Cup, and their South American rivals for the crown, Brazil, have a Golden Shoe contender of their own.

Luis Fabiano has two goals so far, and he will be looking to add to his tally when Brazil take on Chile in the round of 16.

Brazil have averaged four goals a game in their last five meetings with Chile, and Luis Fabiano will be relishing the chance to boost his bid for the Golden Shoe, which he is 5/1 to win.

David Villa, who has found the net on three occasions in South Africa, is another of Higuain’s closest rivals at 3/1. Spain are 9/2 to win the World Cup, and Villa will be integral to their hopes.

Uruguay, meanwhile, have two contenders to be the top tournament goalscorer, with Luis Suarez 10/1 and Diego Forlan 20/1.

Suarez notched his second and third strikes in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory against South Korea, while Forlan twice caused opponents’ nets to bulge during the group stage.

Who do you think will claim the Golden Shoe? Carlos Tevez is 16/1 to be the World Cup’s top scorer. See the full Top Tournament Goalscorer market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.