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Rodriguez claims WC top scorer crown

Rio de Janeiro - Colombia's young striker James Rodriguez claimed the World Cup's top scorer honours with six goals.

Despite his country going out at the quarter-final stage the 23-year-old's haul was never matched.

Colombia's young striker James Rodriguez claimed the World Cup's top scorer honours with six goals. Photo: Gabriel Bouys. Credit: AFP

Among his half dozen goals was the magical chest and volley against Uruguay.

The Monaco forward, who stepped in manfully to fill the void left by Colombia's injured Radamel Falcao, also scored in the 2-1 quarter-final loss to Brazil.

He got a second against Uruguay in the last 16 game, and one in each of Colombia's first round matches against Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan.

Germany's world champion Thomas Mueller ended up in second place with five goals.

Losing Argentina finalist Lionel Messi, injured Brazil star Neymar and Dutch striker Robin van Persie, shared third spot on four.

Sapa-AFP

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