Thomas Muller only needed one goal in the final against Argentina to become the first player ever to win two consecutive Golden Boot awards, but Joachim Low played him on the wing and he didn't get a good chance. Therefore James Rodriguez from Colombia wins the Golden Boot with 6 goals and 2 assists. Thomas Muller scored a goal and was credited with an assist in the 1-7 match against Brazil, bringing his tally up to 5 goals and 3 assists. The assists were the key and if Muller scored in the final, having 6 goals to his name, he'd get the award ahead of James Rodriguez.
But he didn't do it, and James Rodriguez becomes only the second player in history to win the Golden Boot without playing all seven matches. Colombia were knocked out in the quarter-finals against Brazil, so Rodriguez played only five matches.