Lineker speaks on Golden Boot favourites – encouraging for United & Liverpool fans

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Gary Lineker says that Lionel Messi is his favourite to win the Golden Boot in Brazil, but he mentions both Daniel Sturridge and Robin van Persie among those who can claim it.

England legend Gary Lineker believes that Daniel Sturridge can win the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Liverpool striker will head into the tournament in scintillating form, having scored 21 goals and provided seven assists in 29 Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 season.

The 24-year-old is also likely to be deployed as the main centre-forward by England manager Roy Hodgson, and this will certainly increase his chances of scoring goals in Brazil.

However, Lineker has named Sturridge as a possible outsider in winning the prestigious individual award because he believes that the Three Lions may not go too far in the competition.

“He has scored a lot of goals for Liverpool, close to a goal a game since he arrived there’, he told Blahzil. ‘If he can take that into international football, then he might just have a chance. For that to happen, of course, England have got to go a long way in the tournament. Will that happen? I am not so sure’.

Lineker has also included Italy international striker Mario Balotelli in his potential outsiders list to win the Golden Boot, while France forward Karim Benzema also gets a mention.

The favourite for the former Tottenham striker is a certain Lionel Messi. The 26-year-old did not have the best of seasons for Barcelona according to his own high standards, but he still found the net 28 times in La Liga and scored eight goals in the Champions League. Lineker believes that given how good Argentina’s attacking lineup is and the weak group they are in, Messi is likely to win the award.

There is also the mention of two Manchester-based strikers. Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Robin van Persie of Manchester United both make Lineker’s list of potential World Cup Golden Boot winners. However, the former Barcelona forward has doubts on the Netherlands international because of his recent injury problems.

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