Davor Suker (Croatia)-1998 France
Croatia’s best time in International stage came when they finished third in 1998 World Cup. Croatia lost to France in the semis, but they showed great heart, and tactical vigilance to go all the way. Davor Suker was their main man up top with a phenomenal performance, where he raked up 6 goals, and put in a dominant performance.
Suker was on target against France as well, but a Lilian Thurram header meant Croatia had to settle for a 3rd or 4th place finish. Suker turned in another fine performance in the 3rd place playoff as well by scoring the winner.
Ronaldo Nazario (Brazil_- 2002 Korea and Japan
El-Phenomenowas reduced to tears 4 years ago in France, after a controversial final match, which saw Ronaldo far from his best following a sickness. 4 years later, Brazil was riding high on confidence, but this time Ronaldinho was expected to take them through. While the mesmeric Brazilian played his part it was Ronaldo 9 who took them to their 5th World Cup success. He scored 6 goals en route to the final, and added a brace in the final, one of them being gifted by the great Oliver Kahn.
Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho were deadly up front, and had able backing in the midfield in the form of Edmilson. Ronaldo turned in his finest performances for Brazil as he pounced on every opportunity and finished with finesse. The only game he remained goalless was the one against England in the quarter finals, for that they had Ronaldinho to make light work of.
Miroslav Klose(Germany)- 2006 Germany
After a heartwrenching defeat at the hands of Brazil in 2002 final, Germany was at it again and this time it was their own backyard. They started off in tremendous fashion, and had Miroslav Klose to thank for it. The opportunistic striker made the most of everything that came his way as he struck 5 times. Klose scored braces against Costa Rice and Ecuador, before adding one against Argentina.
However, he was denied an opportunity against Italy who went on to win the World Cup.
Thomas Muller (Germany)-2010 South Africa
Not many had heard of Muller prior to the start of the 2010 World Cup, and Klinsmann’s decision to give the young man a chance looked a tad foolish. However, his inclusion was justified as Germany once again reached the semis courtesy of 5 goals from Muller. He was always there to score and popped up when least expected. His intelligence on the game overshadowed his technical inability.
Germany also had Klose who struck 4 times, but it was Muller who ran the show. Wesley Sneijder, Davil Villa, and Diego Forlan also struck 5 times, but a better strike rate meant Muller got away with the Golden boot.
James Rodriguez(Colombia)- 2014 Brazil
The World was taken aback by a young lad from Colombia whose left foot matched the likes of Messi and Maradona. James Rodriguez announced himself on the greatest stage in style. His left foot volley against Uruguay was awardedPuskas goal of the season later, and he went on to score 6 times in the tournament, before bowing out to Brazil in the quarter finals. 6 goals in 5 matches meant Rodriguez did not only play an important part, but he assisted 5 more making him the most important player for Colombia. His performances saw him a Real Madrid move the following summer, but his heroics will be long remembered.