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World Cup Golden Boot: Who is the top goalscorer at Qatar 2022?

The Golden Boot is the award given to the player who scores the most goals in a World Cup, and the race is on for the prestigious award in Qatar 2022.

Past winners include French legend Just Fontaine, who scored 13 in 1954, a record number at a single World Cup that still stands; Eusebio of Portugal, who scored nine goals in 1966; England’s Gary Lineker, who scored eight goals in 1986; Ronaldo, who scored eight as Brazil won the 2002 World Cup; and current England captain Harry Kane, who last scored six goals in Russia.

FIFA awards gold, silver and bronze awards to goalscorers. Previously, players with the same number of goals would share prizes, but today they are divided through tie-breakers: first, who scored the fewest penalties; who then collected the most FIFA-sanctioned assists; who has played the fewest minutes.

List of top scorers at the 2022 World Cup

Player

Goals (penalty kicks)

assists

Alvaro Morata (Spain)

3

1

Kylian Mbappe (France)

3

1

Marcus Rashford (England)

3

0

Cody Gakpo (Netherlands)

3

0

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

3 (1)

1

Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

3 (1)

0

18 players

2

Kylian Mbappé is in sparkling form for France

(AP)

List of previous Golden Boot winners

World Cup Top scorer Goals Runner(s) up Goals Third place Goals
1930 Uruguay Guillermo stable 8 Pedro Cea 5 Bert Patenaude 4
1934 Italy Oldrich Nejedly 5 Edmund Conen, Angelo Schiavio 4 No
1938 France Leonidas 7 Gyorgy Sarosi, Gyula Zsengeller, Silvio Piola 5 No
1950 Brazil Ademir 8 Oscar Miguez 5 Alcides Ghiggia, Chico, Estanislau Basora, Telmo Zarra 4
1954 Switzerland Sandor Kocsis 11 Josef Hugi, Max Morlock, Erich Probst 6 No
1958 Sweden Just fontaine 13 Pele, Helmut Rahn 6 No
1962 Chile Florian Albert, Valentin Ivanov, Garrincha, Vava, Drazan Jerkovic, Leonel Sanchez 4 No No
1966 England Eusebio 9 Helmut Haller 6 Valeriy Porkujan, Geoff Hurst, Ferenc Bene, Franz Beckenbauer 4
Mexico from 1970 Gerd Muller 10 Jairzinho 7 Teophilo Cubillas 5
1974 West Germany Grzegorz Lato 7 Andrzej Szarmach, Johan Neeskens 5 No
1978 Argentina[50] Mario Kempes 6 Teophilo Cubillas 5 Rob Rensenbrink 5
1982 Spain Paolo Rossi 6 Karl Heinz Rummenigge 5 Zico 4
1986Mexico Gary Lineker 6 Emilio Butragueno, Careca, Diego Maradona 5 No
1990 Italy Salvatore Schillaci 6 Thomas Skuhravy 5 Roger Milla, Gary Lineker 4
1994 United States Oleg Salenko, Hristo Stoichkov 6 No Kennet Andersson, Romario 5
1998 France Davor Sugar 6 Gabriel Batistuta, Christian Vieri 5 No
2002 South Korea/Japan Ronaldo 8 Miroslav Klose, Rivaldo 5
2006 Germany Miroslav Klose 5 Hernan Crespo 3 Ronaldo 3
2010 South Africa Thomas Muller 5 david villa 5 Wesley Sneijder 5
2014 Brazil James Rodriguez 6 Thomas Muller 5 Neymar 4
2018 Russia Harry Kane 6 Anthony Griezman 4 Romelu Lukaku 4

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