The winner of the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot -- awarded to the highest-scoring player in the tournament -- could be determined by the outcome of Sunday's final, with Spain's David Villa and the Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder both entering the match tied with five goals apiece.

But the Golden Ball, given to the World Cup's best player, might go to a player who hasn't scored once: Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

In the semifinals, the Robert Downey Jr. look-alike tore apart the German defense with a dazzling array of outside the foot touches, heels flicks and pinpoint passes, reminding the world why the reigning European champs shouldn't be underrated, no matter how efficient the Germany counterattack worked against England and Argentina.

The only time since the award was introduced in 1982 that the Golden Ball hasn't gone to a player that has scored at least three goals was when German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn earned the accolade in 2002.

Just like Sunday will crown a first-time World Cup champion, the tournament's most notable award also should break new ground.