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Bayern Munich striker named Young Player of the tournament...

20-year-old Germany striker Thomas Mueller has been awarded the Golden Boot for the 2010 World Cup finals, finishing the tournament on a tally of five goals.

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The forward also picks up the FIFA Young Player of Award, beating Mexico's Giovani dos Santos and Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew, capping what was a truly remarkable summer for the forward, who, going into his first World Cup, had yet to score for the senior national side.

He scored 19 goals in 49 appearances for Bayern last season, including 13 strikes in the Bundesliga.

How Mueller triumphed


GOLDEN BOOT
SILVER BOOT
BRONZE BOOT

MUELLER
GOALS: 5
ASSISTS: 3


VILLA
GOALS: 5
ASSISTS: 1


SNEIJDER
GOALS: 5
ASSISTS: 1



Mueller finished ahead of Spain's David Villa and Wesley Sneijder, having contributed more assists, three in total, after they all finished with the same number of goals.

The Spaniard picked the Silver Boot, having featured in less of his side's matches (634 mins) compared to the Dutchman (652 mins). Meanwhile, Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan finished in fourth place with five goals also, but over 654 minutes.

Mueller bagged his first goal of the competition in Germany’s opening match victory over Australia, scoring the third goal for Joachim Loew’s side in their 4-0 victory.

Defining moment



Arguably his biggest moment came during the last 16 victory over England, where, in a 4-1 victory over Fabio Capello’s side, Mueller bagged a three-minute brace to send Germany through to the quarter-finals. He would bag the opener in that match also, putting his side on the path to their amazing 4-0 victory over Argentina.

His decisive fifth strike would occur in the third-place play-off against Uruguay, after Spain, the eventual winners, eliminated Germany in the semi-finals.

Golden Boot winners since 1982

World Cup
Winner
Country
1986
Gary Lineker
England
1990
Salvatore Schillaci
Italy
1994
Hristo Stoichkov
Bulgaria

= Oleg Salenko
Russia
1998
Davor Suker
Croatia
2002
 Ronaldo
Brazil
2006
Miroslav Klose
Germany
2010
Thomas Mueller
Germany

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