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FIFA World Cup 2018: Top 4 contenders for the Golden Boot in Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and there is a new sense of buzz and excitement among the football fanatics. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 just a week away, here is a list of the top 5 contenders for the most coveted Golden Boot.

1. Lionel Messi 
 
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Regarded by many as the greatest player to grace the game, the 30-year-old Argentinian forward Lionel Messi will be looking forward to add the international honour to his name. Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi was seen posing with goat a few days back and if he wins the FIFA World Cup 2018 for Argentina, the debate will be settled once and for all. Messi bagged the ‘Golden ball’ trophy last World Cup. Messi has 58 international goals to his name and the stage is set for him.
2. Neymar 
 
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Neymar’s transfer to PSG changed all the dynamics in football. One thing it did not change was the consistent performances this PSG star gave week in week out. Brazil have massive chances of winning FIFA World Cup 2018 and much of their campaign will depend on how Neymar Jr performs. Neymar was ruled out from 2014 World Cup at a very crucial time when he had scored 4 goals in 5 games. The Samba boys will leave no stones unturned this time around.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo 
 
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The 33-year-old Portuguese forward is coming from a famous Champions League win against Liverpool and his hunger for goals has never seemed to die. Ronaldo is a strong contender for the golden boot this FIFA World Cup 2018. Portugal won 2016 Euros and a world cup win will be no less than a dream come true for this ex Man United player. If Portugal does manage to win the FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be no doubts over him winning Ballon d’Or for the record-breaking 6th time.
4. Antoine Griezmann
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Griezmann is another strong contender for the golden boot. France is the only team to have the much-needed balance in all areas and it will be interesting to see if they can pull a historic World Cup win this time. The memories from 2006 World Cup will be sore and Griezmann is one player who can make the difference single-handedly.

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Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ThinkQuant. He is also a guest writer for India Today and can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav.

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