World Cup Golden Boot Award: Will it be David Villa vs. Wesley Sneidjer?

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While everyone is focused on the main plot, the battle between Spain and Netherlands  to lift the 2010 World Cup, there is a sub-plot making the clash even more interesting.  Although Germany’s Thomas Mueller leads the charts for the ‘Golden Boot Award’ with 5 goals and 3 assists, Netherland’s Wesley Sneijder and Spain’s David Villa will be aware that they are tied at 5 goals and 1 assist a piece behind  the Germany player whose World Cup campaign is already over.  Both of them will want to score today and win their personal duel for the ‘Golden Boot award’ and the ‘Golden Ball award’.  So far there is very  little to choose between the two and the winner of both the awards might just be decided by who scores for their team today. Spain go in to the final as slight favourites and therefore many will put their money on David Villa to win the Golden Boot, however, Wesley Sneidjer has proved time and again that he is never down and out. He was the man who scored the winner for Holland in their quarter-final clash against Brazil, making the Europeans the only nation in this World Cup to come back from behind to win. A comparison between the two players will show just how tight the Final and the Golden Boot Award can be this year.

Name:

David Villa

Wesley Sneijder

Age:

28

26

Club:

Barcelona

Inter Milan

Position:

Striker

Attacking Midfielder

Club
Honours:

2 x Spanish Cups

3 x domestic titles in 3 countries, 2 x cups, 1 x Champions League

Caps:

64

66

Goals:

43

17

International Honours:

Euro 2008 Winner

None


Tournament Stats

Appearances:

6

6

Minutes Played:

529

532

Goals:

5

5

Assists:

1

1

Pass Completion:

68%

71%

Distance Covered:

53.24 kms

59.9 kms

The award will be decided by either a moment of genius or a moment of madness and the tactics that each of the team’s coaches employ in today’s Final. In case, at the end of the match, both of them remain tied at goals scored, then the winner will be decided depending on which of the players provided more assists. If they remain tied in assists as well, then the one who played the least minutes will emerge with the prize.

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