Which Players Are In The Hunt For The Golden Boot At The World Cup?

Which Players Are In The Hunt For The Golden Boot At The World Cup

The start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is creeping into sight, with the controversial global soccer event finally getting underway in November. Brazil is the current favorite in the FIFA World Cup odds for major glory this year, as the nation looks for a sixth title and a first in 20 years.

 

However, it looks like a thrilling winter of sport, with no shortage of main contenders in contention. Among those include reigning champions France and beaten EURO 2020 finalists, England. One of the most prestigious honors at the World Cup will be the Golden Boot, but which players could be in contention to land the feat?

 

 

Harry Kane

 

Harry Kane became the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Gary Linekar in 1986 at the Russian World Cup four years ago. His tally of six was an excellent return from the English captain, which included a first major tournament hat-trick for the Three Lions against Panama. 

 

Kane has a stunning scoring record for his national side, as he has smashed 50 goals in 73 caps, and he is closing in on the international record held by Wayne Rooney.

 

It does appear a matter of time before he captures the record, and that could be achieved at the World Cup later in the year. With the Three Lions expected to go far, and the fact that they have been drawn in a favorable group alongside Wales, Iran, and the USA, it’s no surprise that Kane will be among the leading contenders to win the Golden Boot for the second straight World Cup.

 

 

Kylian Mbappe

 

With Kylian Mbappe’s long-term future now decided, the Frenchman’s attention will be set on getting into the best possible condition ahead of the World Cup later in the year. 

 

The 2018 World Cup was a coming-of-age tournament for the PSG superstar, as he was one of the players in the tournament as France won their first success in the competition since 1998. 

 

Mbappe’s goal scoring feats know no limit, as he has been the top scorer in Ligue 1 for four straight seasons. His record for his club is staggering, as he has scored 106 goals in just 115 games.

 

At the international level, he also carries the burden of expectation in fine fashion, as he has scored 27 goals in 57 games. 

 

With France expected to go deep in the competition this year, and the Lions share of the expectancy of goals likely to fall on Mbappe’s shoulders, the Frenchman should certainly be among the leading contenders when it comes to the potential winner of the Golden Boot later this year.

 

 

Karim Benzema

 

Another Frenchman that could be in the mix for the Golden Boot at the World Cup this year is the current favorite to win the Ballon d’Or. Karim Benzema enjoyed a memorable campaign in 2021-22, as he was the pioneer behind Real Madrid winning a La Liga-Champions League double. 

 

His performances in Europe certainly highlight his claims to be named the player of the year, as he finished the competition as the top scorer.

 

Benzema managed to drag Madrid out of holes throughout the competition, including hat-tricks against both PSG and Chelsea and the decisive penalty in their win against Manchester City. 

 

The 34-year-old’s career with the national side has been hindered due to off-field issues throughout, as he only returned to the French setup in EURO 2020 after having missed the previous five years. His scoring record for France is still very respectable, as he has netted 37 goals in 97 games.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

This winter, we will see the final World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo. The 37-year-old will once again lead Portugal into battle in Qatar as he looks to get his hands on the one honor that has evaded him throughout his career. 

 

Ronaldo has already helped guide Portugal to European Championship success, but a World Cup would certainly raise serious debate about whether the legend is the best footballer to have ever lived.

 

Unsurprisingly, his international goalscoring record is staggering, as he has netted 117 goals in 189 fixtures. Ronaldo also picked up the Golden Boot at the EUROs last year after scoring five and assisting once in the 360 minutes he played. 

 

While Portugal may have a difficult draw to navigate in Qatar, there is little doubt that they boast one of the best goalscorers in the history of the game.