By Puneet Chaudhary - November 22, 2022
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The FIFA World Cup 2022 has started with the match between Qatar and Ecuador teams. Top players from all over the world will be seen playing from their respective countries in the 32 teams of the 22nd FIFA World Cup. These will include many big players including Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Mbappe and Lewandowski. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see who scores the most goals and who will get the golden boot of the tournament.
In this news, we will tell you about the top-4 players involved in the Golden Boot race. In terms of form, which player has the best chances of winning the Golden Boot? Also, we will tell why it can be difficult for top players like Ronaldo and Lewandowski to win this award. Before this know about FIFA World Cup…
FIFA World Cup being played since 1930
In 1930, the FIFA World Cup was played for the first time in Uruguay. Then the home team Uruguay won the title by defeating Argentina. Since then the FIFA World Cup is held every 4 years. The World Cup did not take place in 1942 and 1946 during the Second World War. Leaving this aside, till 2018, there have been a total of 21 World Cups every time in a gap of 4 years. France won the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. France defeated Croatia playing the final for the first time.
22nd FIFA World Cup in Qatar
The 22nd Football World Cup is being held in the Arab country of Qatar. The final will be played on 18 December. There will be 64 matches between 32 teams in the tournament. All the teams are divided into 8 groups of 4-4 teams. Top-2 teams of all the groups will enter in the knockout round. After knockout matches in 16 teams of 8 groups, the new world champion will be decided from the final match on 18 December.
Who is in the race for the Golden Boot?
Many big forward players including Lionel Messi of Argentina, Kylian Mbappe of France, Neymar Jr of Brazil and Harry Kane of England will be involved in the Golden Boot race. Top players like Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Robert Lewandowski of Poland are also in the race. Harry Kane of England won the Golden Boot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Although his team was at number four. Karim Benzema of France was also in the race for the Golden Boot. But, before the tournament, he got injured and dropped out. The England captain is the first in the record of all the players involved in the Golden Boot race.
Harry Kane, England
England captain Harry Kane will have the responsibility of winning the World Cup for the second time. England won the cup for the first time in 1966. Kane, who won the Golden Boot in the last World Cup with 6 goals, is a strong contender to win the Golden Boot this time too. In 2018, he played the only World Cup. In this way, he has a total of 6 goals in the World Cup. The 29-year-old Kane, who made his England debut in 2015, has scored 51 goals in 75 international matches.
Since the last World Cup in 2018, Harry Kane has scored 32 international goals in 45 matches. With three more goals in this World Cup, he will break Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 international goals, the highest goalscorer for England. Kane has scored 78 assists and 288 goals in 487 matches of club football. He currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur Club. Kane has scored 261 goals in 408 matches for this club.
Lionel Messi, Argentina
Lionel Messi, who made his debut for Argentina in 2005, has played 4 World Cups for the team so far. This could also be the last World Cup for 35-year-old Messi. He has so far scored 91 goals including 52 assists in 165 international matches. He has 5 assists and 6 goals in 19 World Cup matches.
Since the FIFA World Cup played in 2018, Messi has played 37 international matches. In this, he has scored 26 goals including 10 assists. Messi is currently playing club football for Paris Saint-Germain. But, he has played 778 matches for FC Barcelona. In this, he has scored 303 assists and 672 goals. Overall, Messi has scored 332 assists and 701 goals in 849 matches of club football. During this, he has got Ballon d’Or 7 times.
Kylian Mbappe, France
The 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who played right forward for France, scored 4 goals for the team in 7 matches of the last World Cup. He has 28 goals in 59 international matches played so far. During this he assisted 21 goals. Mbappe has played 37 international matches since the 2018 World Cup. In this, he has scored 20 goals including 14 assists.
Mbappe plays for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He has now scored 93 assists and 190 goals in 237 appearances for PSG. In overall club career, he has 222 goals in 302 matches. During this, he also assisted 111 goals.
Neymar Jr., Brazil
Brazilian left winger Neymar Jr made his national debut in 2010. He played 10 matches for Brazil in 2 FIFA World Cups so far. In these, he has 2 assists and 6 goals. Overall, he has scored 54 assists and 75 goals in 121 international matches. After the last World Cup in 2018, Neymar played 36 matches. In this, Neymar has scored 21 assists and 20 goals.
Neymar plays club football for Paris Saint-Germain. He has scored 72 assists and 115 goals in 164 appearances for PSG. Prior to PSG, he played 186 matches for Barcelona (FCB). In this, he scored 76 assists and 105 goals. He has 290 goals and 183 assists in an overall 484-match club career.
Why not Ronaldo or Lewandowski?
The 32 teams of the World Cup are divided into 8 groups of 4-4 teams each. All the teams will play 3-3 matches in the group stage. The 2 teams that reach the final from the knockout stage can play a total of 7 matches. Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Portugal. At the same time, Robert Lewandowski plays from Poland. The chances of both the teams reaching the knockout rounds are slim. Both the players will not be able to play more matches. In such a situation, he will have less chances to become the top goal scorer.
Portugal in the FIFA World Cup
Portugal is in Group H along with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. Portugal’s best performance came in 1966. Then she was number three. In the last 3 World Cups, Portugal played knockout matches twice. But, could not win a single match. This time, Uruguay, included in their group, is a two-time world champion.
Uruguay has been consistently reaching the knockout stage in the last 3 World Cups. In 2010, she was at number four. In such a situation, there are chances of him being the group topper. One of the remaining 3 teams will play the pre-quarterfinals. If Portugal reaches the knockout round, Ronaldo will have a chance to win the Golden Boot by scoring the most goals in 4 matches.
Poland in the FIFA World Cup
Poland is in Group C along with Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Poland had crashed out of the group stage at the last Worlds with one win and two losses. In 2010 and 2014, the team could not even qualify. In their group are 2-time world champion Argentina. The condition of the third team Saudi Arabia is also like that of Poland.
At the same time, Mexico’s team has been reaching the knockout round continuously for the last 7 times. In such a situation, Poland’s chances of qualifying in the next round from Group C are slim. If Lewandowski scores the most goals in the 3 matches of the group round, he can become the top goal scorer of the tournament.
The ‘Best Player’ award was received till 1978
From 1930 to 1978, the player who scored the most goals in the tournament was given the ‘Best Player’ award 11 times. From 1982, the ‘Golden Shoe’ award started. But, in 2010 it was renamed ‘Golden Boot’. Since 1982, 10 players from 7 countries have got the Golden Boot. In 2018, Harry Kane of England got the Golden Boot. He scored 6 goals in the tournament.
Most goals in a tournament
Brazil’s Ronaldo holds the record for most goals in a tournament since the Golden Boot award was introduced. He scored 8 goals in 2002. At the same time, before 1978, Just Fontant of France holds the record for most goals in a single tournament. He scored 13 goals in 1958.
Awarded on 4 goals as well
In 1962, 6 players had scored maximum 4-4 goals in the tournament. But, on the basis of overall performance, FIFA awarded the Best Player Award to Florian Albert of Hungary. In 1994 too, 2 players scored the most goals in the tournament. Then Oleg Salenko of Russia and Hristo Stoikov of Bulgaria scored 6-6 goals. But, FIFA gave the Golden Shoe to Oleg Salenko.