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Villa eyes Golden boot, Klose Ronaldo's record

sports Updated: Jul 05, 2010 13:23 IST

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Lionel Messi, Kaka and Wayne Rooney left their World Cup shooting boots at home, but David Villa and Miroslav Klose are on a hot streak of goalscoring form as the tournament reaches its climax.

Both men have been averaging almost a goal a game as they battle with Thomas Mueller and Wesley Sneijder for the coveted Golden Boot.

Not only that, but Villa and Klose have further records in their sights.

Germany's Klose chose his 100th appearance for Germany to claim his 13th and 14th goals at World Cup tournaments, the same tally as compatriot Gerd Mueller and one less than the all-time record held by Brazilian Ronaldo.

It is an astonishing turnaround for Klose, sent off in the second group game as Germany went down to Serbia.

At that point, it seemed the 32-year-old's World Cup career might be over, but a narrow win over Ghana in his absence handed him a reprieve and since he returned from suspension he has helped to bundle out England and tormented Argentina with a brace.

Four years ago, Klose won the sharpshooter's accolade on home soil even though his country only reached the semi-finals and now wants to become the first man to retain the award.

Villa, meanwhile, has shown why Barcelona bought him from Valencia where he had averaged 25 goals a game over the past five seasons in La Liga.

The 28-year-old suffered along with sidekick Fernando Torres in a shock opening loss to Switzerland.