Messi, Neymar lead Golden Boot race


Lionel Messi's brace for Argentina in their 3-2 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday night took him to the top of the scoring chart on four goals, having scored and been named man of the match in each of his country's three group stage games.

Messi is tied with his club teammate at Barcelona, Neymar, who also has four goals to his name. The Brazil striker is under as much pressure, if not more than his Argentinean rival, to lead his nation to World Cup glory this year.

Names you would not have guessed would be trailing with three goals at this stage of the tournament are Enner Valencia of Ecuador, James Rodriguez of Colombia and Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland, who netted a hat-trick against Honduras on Wednesday night.

The other hat-trick at Brazil 2014 so far was scored by Germany's Thomas Muller, against Portugal. Another German, Miroslav Klose, also scored his 15th goal in World Cup finals, equalling the all-time record set by Brazil's Ronaldo in 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, is nowhere to be found, although Portugal play their final group game against Ghana tonight – perhaps he'll come to the party. There have been a massive 127 goals scored in 44 matches so far, an average of 2.9 per game (2010 average was 2.3).

VIEW: 2014 World Cup top scorers