Thomas Mueller Wins Golden Boot at World Cup 2010
Mueller, who led Germany to a third-place finish with a 3-2 victory over Uruguay, also won the Best Young Player award.
The 20-year-old midfielder beat out David Villa of Spain and Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands for the honor. In six appearances, he scored five goals and three assists, which wound up being the award tiebreaker. Villa, Sneijder and Uruguay's Diego Forlan also scored five goals in the tournament.
Mueller scored his first goal for Germany in the World Cup opener against Australia, then added two more against England and one against Argentina in the quarterfinal. His fifth and last goal came in the third-place game against Uruguay.
"Looking back, it's been an extraordinary development path, which nobody could have foreseen -- myself included," Mueller told FIFA.com. "Normally you'd say a Champions League final would be the absolute highlight of your season, but then you go to a World Cup and take yet another step forward. It's unbelievable. Back in May, when I left Bayern and joined up with the national squad, I had a good feeling from the off. I sensed every player was utterly determined to do well at the World Cup."
Uruguay's Forlan took home the Golden Ball award after leading his team to a fourth-place finish. It's the first time since 1990 that neither award winner played in the final match.