Despite Colombia’s exit from the World Cup on Friday, James Rodriguez remains the favourite to win the World Cup’s Golden Boot award.
Rodriguez found the net as many as six times during Colombia’s time in the competition and is currently priced at 1.59 to end the tournament as the top scorer.
The broken vertebrae suffered by Brazilian poster boy Neymar means that he will be unable to add to his four goals thus far in the competition, while fellow Golden Boot rivals Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller’s failures to find the net in their respective quarter-final fixtures means that Rodriguez has a two-goal advantage over his foes.
Muller has a chance to add to his four goals when he takes to the field once more on Tuesday, when Germany face Brazil. Muller is priced at 5.50 to end the tournament as the top scorer – repeating 2010’s success – while Messi, who also needs to overcome a two-goal deficit, is priced at 4.00.
Messi will get his opportunity to add to his tally on Wednesday in Argentina’s semi-final tie with Holland, with Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben also having outside claims to win the Golden Boot.
Both Dutchmen have three goals to their names and while their respective prices of 17.00 and 21.00 suggest they are out of the running, a goal scoring flurry could close the gap on Rodriguez’s six as they look to steer the Oranje to the World Cup final.