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Michael Taylor 5th Jul 2010 - 7:35

The race to be World Cup top scorer heats up

We're down to the semi-final stage of the 2010 World Cup and while only four teams still have a shout of lifting the trophy we believe the race to be top goalscorer has five main contenders.

Spain's savious against Paraguay, David Villa, is the obvious favourite after banging in five more goals to his already impressive resume for the European Champions.

The Barcelona man sits a top of the scoring charts and with two games to go he'll feel confident of adding even more to his name before the finals wind down on the 11 July.

The question is, can anybody stop the newly signed Real Madrid man from claiming the famous trophy?

Well Germany hitman Miroslav Klose might feel he has the answer to that conundrum after bagging a brilliant brace against the hapless Argentines in their 4-0 rout.

As so often in the past the Polish decendent has found himself in the right place at the right time throughout the tournament and as such he now targets a second Golden Boot trophy as well as eyeing up a position at the top of the World Cup all-time scorers list - two more goals will see him pass Ronaldo at the top.

Elsewhere, Dutch lynchpin Wesley Sneijder, Uruguayan hotshot Diego Forlan and Germany's young star Thomas Muller could still feature, while you have to feel it may be a bit beyond Podolski, Suarez, Van Persie, Kuyt, Torres and Ozil.

Below is the list of how things stand heading into the final week of the tournament:

Name of player Total World Cup 2010 goals Price to be top goalscorer
David Villa - Spain 5 4/9
Miroslav Klose - Germany 4 7/2
Wesley Sneijder - Holland 4 9/1
Diego Forlan - Uruguay 3 16/1
Thomas Muller - Germany 4 16/1
Lukas Podolski - Germany 2 80/1
Luis Suarez - Uruguay 3 80/1
Robin van Persie - Holland 1 100/1
Dirk Kuyt - Holland 1 200/1
Fernando Torres - Spain 0 250/1
Mesut Ozil - Germany 1 250/1


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