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Stars with a golden touch

With just four months to go until the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicks off, Gulf News brings you the latest in a series of monthly features looking ahead to the biggest show on Planet Football. Today we look at the goalscoring heroes, who overshadowed many of the sport’s greatest names to win the tournament’s Golden Boot award.

  • 2010 - South Africa: Thomas Mueller (Germany)
    2010 – South Africa: Thomas Mueller (Germany)

    Goals: 5 Age at time of tournament: 20 Team finished: Third Did you know? Mueller tied on five goals with David Villa (Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) and Diego Forlan (Uruguay) but won the Golden Boot thanks to his three assists.

  • 2006 - Germany: Miroslav Klose (Germany)
    2006 – Germany: Miroslav Klose (Germany)

    Goals: 5 Age at time of tournament: 28 Team finished: Third Did you know? Klose is the only player to have scored four or more goals in three World Cups, having also netted five in 2002 and four in 2010.

  • 2002 - Japan/South Korea: Ronaldo (Brazil)
    2002 – Japan/South Korea: Ronaldo (Brazil)

    Goals: 8 Age at time of tournament: 25 Team finished: Winners Did you know?: The nickname Ronaldo is common in Brazil, so Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima was known as Ronaldinho when he first broke into the national team.

  • 1998 - France: Davor Suker (Croatia)
    1998 – France: Davor Suker (Croatia)

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 30 Team finished: Third Did you know? Suker represented Yugoslavia before the country was broken up and was an unused member of their squad at the 1990 World Cup.

  • 1994 - USA: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) & 1 other
    1994 – USA: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) & 1 other

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 28 Team finished: Fourth Did you know? Stoichkov shared the award with Oleg Salenko, who also netted six times, including five in one game against Cameroon.

  • 1990 - Italy: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
    1990 – Italy: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 25 Team finished: Third Did you know? Injury-hit Schillaci only ever scored one goal for Italy outside of his heroics at the 1990 World Cup.

  • 1986 - Mexico: Gary Lineker (England)
    1986 – Mexico: Gary Lineker (England)

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 25 Team finished: Quarter-finals Did you know? Lineker scored 330 goals in his career, but perhaps just as impressively he was never either booked or sent off.

  • 1982 - Spain: Paolo Rossi (Italy)
    1982 – Spain: Paolo Rossi (Italy)

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 25 Team finished: Winners Did you know? Rossi was only able to play in the 1982 tournament as his ban for alleged involvement in Italy’s ‘Totonero’ fixing scandal was cut from three years to two.

  • 1978 - Argentina: Mario Kempes (Argentina)
    1978 – Argentina: Mario Kempes (Argentina)

    Goals: 6 Age at time of tournament: 23 Team finished: Winners Did you know? Kempes was the only player in Argentina’s World Cup-winning squad based outside of the country, as he was playing for Valencia in Spain at the time.

  • 1974 - West Germany: Grzegorz Lato (Poland)
    1974 – West Germany: Grzegorz Lato (Poland)

    Goals: 7 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Third Did you know? The icon of Poland’s golden era, Lato played a key role in earning third-place finishes in both 1974 and 1982.

  • 1970 - Mexico: Gerd Mueller (West Germany)
    1970 – Mexico: Gerd Mueller (West Germany)

    Goals: 10 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Third Did you know? Mueller was less prolific in his second World Cup on home soil in 1974, scoring four goals, but one of those was the winner in the final.

  • 1966 - England: Eusebio (Portugal)
    1966 – England: Eusebio (Portugal)

    Goals: 9 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Third Did you know? Eusebio’s tally included four goals in his team’s quarter-final against North Korea, which Portugal won 5-3 despite trailling 3-0 after 25 minutes.

  • 1962 - Chile: Garrincha (Brazil) & 5 others
    1962 – Chile: Garrincha (Brazil) & 5 others

    Goals: 4 Age at time of tournament: 28 Team finished: Winners Did you know? Garrincha shared the Golden Boot with Florian Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Vava (Brazil), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia) and Leonel Sanchez (Chile), but won the Golden Ball for best player outright.

  • 1958 - Sweden: Just Fontaine (France)
    1958 – Sweden: Just Fontaine (France)

    Goals: 13 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Third Did you know? Fontaine’s record of 13 goals in a single World Cup still stands today, as does his feat of scoring two hat-tricks in the same tournament.

  • 1954 - Switzerland: Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)
    1954 – Switzerland: Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)

    Goals: 11 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Runners-up Did you know? Kocsis’ record of 75 goals in 68 games for Hungary is the best goals-to-games ratio for any player capped more than 43 times at senior international level.

  • 1950 - Brazil: Ademir (Brazil)
    1950 – Brazil: Ademir (Brazil)

    Goals: 8 Age at time of tournament: 27 Team finished: Runners-up Did you know? Nicknamed Queixada (jaw), Ademir scored the first competitive goal at the legendary Maracana stadium in the tournament’s opening match.

  • 1938 - France: Leonidas da Silva (Brazil)
    1938 – France: Leonidas da Silva (Brazil)

    Goals: 7 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Third Did you know? Leonidas is one of at least four players worldwide who have been credited with inventing the bicycle kick move.

  • 1934 - Italy: Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslavakia)
    1934 – Italy: Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslavakia)

    Goals: 5 Age at time of tournament: 24 Team finished: Runners-up Did you know? Nejedly also played in the 1938 tournament in France, but there he suffered a broken leg that effectively ended his international career.

  • 1930 - Uruguay: Guillermo Stabile (Argentina)
    1930 – Uruguay: Guillermo Stabile (Argentina)

    Goals: 8 Age at time of tournament: 25 Team finished: Winners Did you know? Stabile only made his national team debut in the second match of the competition, when he scored a hat-trick against Mexico.