Who could win the Golden Boot at the Qatar World Cup 2022?

Teams have entered the knockout stages of the World Cup in Qatar, with players competing not only for the title for their country, but also for the prestigious Golden Boot for themselves.

The Golden Boot is awarded to an individual player with the most goals scored in the tournament and in the event of a goal scored tie, a player’s number of assists will be taken into account.

If players are tied on both counts, the winner is determined by who played the fewest minutes.

England captain Harry Kane collected the trophy at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he scored six goals and led his team to the semi-finals.

Here’s a snapshot of the top contenders for the Golden Boot at the 2022 World Cup:

France’s Kylian Mbappe (center) dribbles past Australian Jackson Irvine (left) during the World Cup Group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 22, 2022 [File: Francisco Seco/AP Photo]

The 23-year-old scored against Australia in his side’s first Group D match and picked up a second-half double against Denmark as France clinched their spot in the knockouts.

He failed to find the net as Tunisia recorded a famous defeat in their final group game, but added two more goals to his tally in a 3-1 win against Poland on Sunday.

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Semi Final - Italy V Spain - Wembley Stadium, London, Uk - July 6, 2021 Italy'S Gianluigi Donnarumma And Leonardo Bonucci In Action With Spain'S Alvaro Morata Pool Via Reuters/Frank Augstein
Spain’s Alvaro Morata (centre) in action against Italian players at Wembley Stadium, London, UK in July 2021 [File: Frank Augstein/pool via Reuters]

The Atletico Madrid sharpshooter has scored in all three of Spain’s Group E matches, including one off the bench against 2014 champions, Germany.

Sent off from the starting line-up by Marco Asensio in his side’s opening two World Cup matches, Morata netted Spain’s fifth goal in their 7-0 thrashing against Costa Rica before coming off goal himself to score a . to complete one sided opener. .

He put Luis Enrique’s team ahead in their final group game, but the 2010 champions were beaten as Japan made their second stunning turnaround of the tournament, advancing to the last 16 in first place.

Marcus Rashford
England’s Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal in the match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 29, 2022 [File: Hannah Mckay/Reuters]

The English striker had a dream start to his World Cup campaign in Qatar.

Rashford’s place in the side was uncertain a few months ago due to form and fitness, but the Manchester United striker has risen in the Golden Boot standings after scoring twice in England’s defeat to a Gareth Bale-led away side Wales.

Rashford’s teammates Phil Foden, Jack Grealish (both Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) and Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) were also on the scoresheet during the group stage.

Rashford started on the bench in England’s 3–0 win over Senegal in the last 16, coming on in the 65th minute to replace Saka, but failed to score. Saka’s goal against Senegal put him level with Rashford on three goals for the tournament.

Dutch striker Cody Gakpo celebrates the opening goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A match between the Netherlands and Qatar at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 29, 2022 [Karim Jaafar/AFP]

The Dutch striker has so far managed to find the net in Qatar on a regular basis, as the Netherlands progressed to the last 16 after finishing top of Group A.

However, Gakpo was unable to add to his tally in the Netherlands’ 3-1 victory over the USA in the last 16.

The 23-year-old has been influential in his club PSV Eindhoven’s run to the knockout stages of the Europa League and has been the subject of transfer speculation with top European clubs reportedly vying for his signature when the transfer window opens next summer.

Argentina Vs Australia
Lionel Messi of Argentina battles for possession with Keanu Baccus of Australia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar round of 16 match at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on December 3, 2022 [Alex Pantling/Getty Images]

The great Argentine is playing in what he believes will probably be his last World Cup.

The 35-year-old opened his account by burying a penalty in a shock Group C defeat to Saudi Arabia, before scoring and assisting Enzo Fernandez in an emotionally charged victory over Mexico.

Messi also scored in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in the last 16, putting his side ahead on 35 minutes with a coolly taken low blow for his 94th international goal.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has had a career full of trophies at club level and his fans around the world are hoping that this time he can finally help deliver a World Cup for his country.

Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal became the first player to score in five World Cups when he scored against Ghana in their Group H opener.

Soccer Football - Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup - Group H - Portugal V Uruguay - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - November 28, 2022 Mathias Olivera Of Uruguay In Action With Bruno Fernandes Of Portugal Reuters/Dylan Martinez
Bruno Fernandes (center) of Portugal in action during the match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium, Qatar on 28 November 2022 [File: Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Portugal’s run at the World Cup in Qatar has been somewhat clouded by the controversy surrounding Ronaldo and his acrimonious departure from Manchester United.

But his former club-mate, 28-year-old Bruno Fernandes, has stepped out of Ronaldo’s shadow to score twice against Uruguay after netting two goals in Portugal’s 3-2 win against Ghana.

Player Team Goals Assists Games Minutes

Kylian Mbappe France 5 2 4 297

Alvaro Morata Spain 3 1 3 126

Lionel Messi Argentina 3 1 4 360

Marcus Rashford England 3 0 4 132

Bukayo Saka England 3 0 3 214

Cody Gakpo Netherlands 3 0 4 343

Olivier Giroud France 3 0 3 227

Bruno Fernandes Portugal 2 2 2 180

Cho Gue-sung South Korea 2 0 3 196

Andrej Kramaric Croatia 2 0 3 208

Ferran Torres Spain 2 0 3 144

Breel Embolo Switzerland 2 0 3 238

Julian Alvarez Argentina 2 0 4 208

Richarlison Brazil 2 0 2 152

* Statistics as of December 4, 2022

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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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