The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa four years ago.Colombia star James Rodriguez has been rewarded for his sensational goalscoring exploits at World Cup 2014 with the Golden Boot.
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The attacking midfielder was the breakout star in Brazil, inspiring his side to a first-ever appearance in the quarterfinal stage by netting six times in just five games.
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However, after doubling his overall World Cup goals tally with five strikes in Brazil, the 24-year-old is now a very serious contender to break the all-time record held by teammate Miroslav Klose (16).
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, had high hopes of claiming the Golden Boot after racking up four goals in his first three games but the Argentina captain failed to score in the knockout stage.
Consequently, the Barcelona No. 10 finishes fourth, just ahead of Netherland striker Robin van Persie on account of the fact that the Dutchman did not register any assists.
Messi, though, was pipped to third place in the standings by Neymar as his club-mate - who also set up one goal - only played five games before his tournament was ended by a back injury sustained in Brazil's quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Rodriguez, of course, also ended that game in tears but at least the Monaco man's late penalty in Fortaleza has proven no mere consolation goal, as his successful spot kick has ultimately earned him the Golden Boot - and a place in World Cup history.