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Cameron Smith is officially the best rugby league player in the world after claiming the 2017 Golden Boot award.

Smith received the honour on Wednesday, a decade after winning his first Golden Boot in 2007.

It is now the fifth time in 11 years a Storm player has taken out rugby league’s highest international honour after Smith (2007), Billy Slater (2008), Greg Inglis (2009) and Cooper Cronk (2016).

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Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu also made the Golden Boot shortlist following a second consecutive season in which he finished as the NRL’s leading try scorer.

Smith is now only the fourth player in the award’s 33-year history to win it twice or more, joining Andrew Johns (1999 and 2001), Darren Lockyer (2003 and 2006) and Johnathan Thurston (2011, 2013 and 2015).

The Storm skipper, at 34 years of age, is currently in the final week of arguably his greatest ever season.

Victory in Saturday night’s World Cup Final over England would cap off what has been a flawless 2017 for the future immortal.

As well as captaining Melbourne to Premiership glory and Queensland to yet another Origin series win, Smith has also broken records for; most premiership goals in history, most wins, most games as captain and most points by a forward.

He also now holds the record for most games played in NRL history.

It has been 16 seasons of brilliance from Smith and if the last 12 months are anything to go by, the Storm champion is only getting better.

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