The prize of finishing as leading scorer in the World Cup may provide a tantalising incentive for the Germany and Uruguay strikers in tonight's third-place play-off.
The match has had a reputation for being an almost meaningless consolation but Germany's Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, and Uruguay's Diego Forlan, are all on four goals. Klose, who is a doubt with a back injury, also needs just one goal in Port Elizabeth to equal Ronaldo's record of 15 goals at World Cup finals.
Klose said: "I want to win against Uruguay, even if I don't score, that's still the most important thing."
He added: "I don't know whether I am going to pass Ronaldo's record, and I don't really care. I am more interested in what we do as a team."
Uruguay are approaching the match with the utmost seriousness despite already guaranteed to be the top South American side at the tournament.
Luis Suarez, the striker who has emerged as the most controversial figure of the World Cup after his last-minute hand-ball against Ghana prevented the Africans from going through to the semis, insists Uruguay will take enormous pride from coming third.
Suarez said: "For this squad, the World Cup is not over yet. Now what's left is to play to the death for third place."
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez echoed his striker's call saying: "Yes, third and fourth position is not the same as the top two, but we will go in with the same commitment and enthusiasm as we did against Holland.
"The challenge for Uruguay is to finish third in the World Cup. I know Germany and they will make it very difficult for us, so we must fight hard to win."