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2022 World Cup top scorer: Golden Boot standings for Qatar

By Harry Edwards

World Cup Golden Boot top scorers outright odds

Published: 22:30, 30 November 2022

We’re on the final round of 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures and the Golden Boot race is starting to take shape.

Whoever lifts the trophy on December 18 is likely to rely on a forward (or two), with France having both Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe score four goals en route to their success in four years ago. But neither of those two took the Golden Boot. Griezmann had to settle for the Silver Boot, with the tiebreaker of two assists, ahead of Romelu Lukaku’s four goals and one assist.

Instead, the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot belonged to Harry Kane, who scored six goals as England reached their first semi-final at the tournament since 1990. Five of Kane’s goals came in the group stage, netting twice in the 2-1 win over Tunisia before grabbing a hat-trick against Panama. But he did also score from the penalty spot in the second half as England beat Colombia in the last 16.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot pre-tournament favourites

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites

Player Midnite odds
Harry Kane 8/1
Kylian Mbappe 9/1
Karim Benzema 12/1
Lionel Messi 12/1
Neymar 13/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 16/1
Romelu Lukaku 22/1
Raheem Sterling 25/1
Lautaro Martinez 25/1
Vinicius Jr 25/1
Memphis Depay 25/1
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Kane was the early favourite once again, heading the list above the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi as he looks to become the first player to win two World Cup Golden Boots, a feat which would surely put him in history among the best strikers. But Kane will also be hoping his goals can help the Three Lions end 56 years of hurt since claiming their only trophy at the 1966 World Cup.

At the moment, Kane is still to score at the World Cup, but there is an Englishman currently at the top of the Golden Boot standings. Adding a brace in England’s 3-0 win over Wales, including the first direct free-kick scored at this year’s World Cup, Rashford has now scored three goals in Qatar with no player managing more. This was Rashford’s first start for England at the tournament and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes other players will now be taking notice of the Englishman.

“I think all of this stems from one element: working hard, and getting back to basics. Off the ball, pressing, he didn’t look happy for a while, he didn’t have a smile on his face,” Ferdinand said on BBC’s coverage of England’s win over.

“When you’ve got a smiling, confident, hard-working Marcus Rashford, he’s a devastating player. A game changer. And every time he faced up the full-back today, it looks scary. As a defender, if he gets you one-v-one, he’s got the pace to go past you, he’s got imagination and he can finish. Him when you look at him now, I look at him and think the big players around the world in this tournament they’ll be looking and going ‘Wow, Marcus Rashford’.”

Joining Rashford on three goals so far are Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo and Enner Valencia, though the latter will be unable to add to his tally after Ecuador were knocked out.

Behind them are several players on two including Bukayo Saka who netted twice in England’s 6-2 win over Iran and has already scored more World Cup goals for England than all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney managed (while Kane drew a blank). Olivier Giroud also scored twice in France’s 4-1 win against Australia to level Thierry Henry as the nation’s all-time greatest goalscorer, while Richarlison announced himself on the World Cup with a brace for favourites Brazil.

Keep track of the top 10 goalscorers for the 2022 World Cup below.

2022 World Cup top scorers

Position Player Goals xG Minutes Played
1st Marcus Rashford 3 1.29 107
2nd Kylian Mbappe 3 2.3 180
3rd Cody Gakpo 3 0.28 251
4th Enner Valencia 3 2.26 256
5th Alvaro Morata 2 0.52 69
6th Cho Gue-sung 2 0.97 106
7th Ferran Torres 2 1.02 111
8th Andrej Kramaric 2 1.05 144
9th Bukayo Saka 2 0.43 149
10th Olivier Giroud 2 1.89 151

Players with the same amount of goals are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 22:30, 30/11/22.

Recap: 2018 World Cup top scorers

Position Player Goals xG Minutes Played
1st Harry Kane 6 3.82 573
2nd Denis Cheryshev 4 1.58 304
3rd Cristiano Ronaldo 4 2.93 360
4th Romelu Lukaku 4 3.18 476
5th Kylian Mbappe 4 2.27 534
6th Antoine Griezmann 4 3.78 570
7th Yerry Mina 3 0.75 300
8th Diego Costa 3 2.65 320
9th Artem Dzyuba 3 1.77 333
10th Edinson Cavani 3 2.24 343

Players with the same amount of goals are ranked by fewer minutes played.