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
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (12:30, 05/11/2022).BeGambleAware.
Midnite World Cup Offer: Bet £20, get £20 in free bets
- Sign up at Midnite using this link
- Place a qualifying bet of £20 on an accumulator of 4+ legs with min odds of 3.0
- Claim your £20 bet credits to use on whatever you want
18+ New UK Customers. Must bet £20 in total on 4+ legs, min odds 3.0. £20 credited as free bets, stake not returned. T&C Apply. BeGambleAware.org.
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
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
Players with the same amount of goals are ranked by fewer minutes played.