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Goal pundits from around the world share their view of the main contenders to be the best player of the World Cup after Matchday 1!

Lionel Messi led the pre-tournament edition of the Race for the World Cup Golden Ball, but with one matchday completed, there is a new top contender for Goal experts.

German striker Thomas Müller scored a hat-trick in the opener against Portugal and not only took an early lead in the Golden Boot and Golden Ball races, he also put himself in position to challenge Ronaldo's record of 15 goals in the World Cup. The Bayern München star has now eight goals in seven World Cup matches, while Ronaldo needed 10 matches to reach the same number.

Who is going to win the Race for the Golden Ball? Goal pundits from around the world voted for their candidates.

#1 - THOMAS MÜLLER
 
The man of the first round with a hat-trick against Portugal, Müller is becoming one of the five best fowards in the world ::: Luiz Alberto Moura

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#2 - LIONEL MESSI
Remains as one of the top candidates after scoring a beautiful goal against Bosnia & Herzegovina and creating many chances for his teammates ::: Luis Herrera
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#3 - ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Whether or not he wins the Golden Ball, RVP's diving header against Spain will become an iconic image of the sport ::: Dan Orlowitz
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#4 - ARJEN ROBBEN
Absolutely tore Spain to shreds and could well go on to play a big part in Netherlands' hopes of advancing far in this tournament ::: Teng Kiat
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#5 - NEYMAR 
Led Brazil's comeback against Croatia with his two first goals in the World Cup, quickly confirming himself as the Seleçao's reference ::: Luis Herrera
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ALSO GOT VOTES

Andrea Pirlo, Karim Benzemá, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez, Mario Balotelli

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THE TEAM OF GOAL PUNDITS 

Sergio Chesi 
Goal Italy - Deputy editor 

Chris Davie
Goal UK - Site manager

Jean-Charles Danrée
Goal France - Assistant editor

Luis Herrera
Goal Spain - Deputy editor

Teng Kiat
Goal Singapore - Deputy editor

Luiz Alberto Moura
Goal Brazil - Chief editor

Dan Orlowitz
Goal Japan - Assistant editor


 

 

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