World Cup 2018: Who will win the Golden Boot?

With Miroslav Klose not appearing in the tournament for the first time since 1998, who will win the Golden Boot at this World Cup?

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Who was Miroslav Klose before 2002?

The German had enjoyed a decent season with Kaiserslautern but was a surprise inclusion in what many believed was his country’s weakest World Cup squad in decades.

Five goals in Korea and Japan put him on the map. Moves to Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich followed with Klose eventually winning the Golden Boot four years later in Germany.

Less reliable at club level, the Polish-born forward has dined on his legend ever since. The Golden Boot can forge a career, admitting a player to an exclusive club that’s populated by the finest strikers in history. 

With that in mind, here are five candidates who could add their names to that list.