Former Golden Boot winner Gary Linekar has tipped Spanish hot-shot David Villa to pick up the award this year (though its not too much of a punt as he is the current hot fvourite with bwin!) Linekar who won the Golden Boot at the 86 World Cup held in Mexico, notching up six goals and then joined Villa’s new club Barca after the tournament says, “He is a prolific goalscorer, with a lot of self-confidence. He handles the pressure very well and is very cool in front of goal. He showed that two years ago at the Euros and has showed here it is not a flash in the pan. He is just one goal behind Raul’s record for Spain and is a brilliant finisher.”

Lineker also added, “His movement in the box is great, he gambles on attacking space, which is the secret to goalscoring. It is about making a run and hoping the ball goes there. He has done that consistently and it doesn’t surprise me that all of his goals have come from inside the box – in my career I only scored one outside of it.”