Who were the Golden Boot contenders in the 2018 World Cup?

Who were the Golden Boot contenders in the 2018 World Cup?

Who were the Golden Boot contenders in the 2018 World Cup?

The 2018 World Cup was one of the most exciting events in football history largely because of the intense action displayed during matches. For every player, the Golden Boot is a heated race at the event which bodes well for the 2022 World Cup because the same players are coming back. 

There is a solid cast of players from the 2018 World Cup that proved they deserved to be named as top goal-scorers which is a promising development for the upcoming edition of the World Cup. 

These names will most likely be part of the top 8 players most likely to be top goalscorers at the 2022 World Cup but first, but 2018 deserves to be remembered first. 

Harry Kane (England)

As the captain and star striker for England, Kane proved that he is his country’s best player at the 2018 World Cup. He won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals, more than any other player at the event. Granted, most people would point to his goals mostly coming from the penalty spot but he was still crucial to the lead-up to getting those calls. 

Kane is a physical striker who does not back down against any kind of defender. Even if they are pushing and bumping him, Kane will find a way to create space and kick the ball into the net.

Primed for a repeat win

England is one of the top World Cup contenders which means they are primed to have a long run at the event. This means Kane himself will have more chances to score goals and increase his tally. It will be a tough run ahead for Kane because England will play in Group B to start off the competition.

Countries such as the United States, Iran, and Wales make up the rest of the group. While it is lofty competition, Kane has separated himself from the rest of the pack with his scoring which can be evident in the group stage. With teammates like Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, Kane has some solid playmakers that can help him.

Kylian Mbappé (France) 

The breakout star of the 2018 World Cup, Mbappé was just a teenager when he scored four goals at the event. Now, he has matured into one of the most talented players in the world for Paris-Saint Germain. His tally from the previous World Cup is already strong but he is primed for even more success if he can continue his upward trajectory.

France is also intent on maximising his scoring firepower which looks good for his chances to win the Golden Boot this time around. He has the speed to catch up to any wayward pass and he has the skills to keep himself in a scoring position all the time. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Seen as the best player of all time by some people, Ronaldo has another chance to shine at the 2022 World Cup. His 2018 run was superb as he was tied with multiple players including Mbappé for the second spot in the Golden Boot race. 

CR7 has gotten older but he still has supreme goal-scoring instincts. He will be an interesting name to follow for the Golden Boot race, especially since he came close in 2018, coming only two goals behind Kane. 

Portugal has a strong squad every time the World Cup rolls around which was true in 2018. Now, there are many more younger players in the Portugal squad which bodes well for Ronaldo because he still plays with an intense pace like a youngster.

The potential Golden Boot winners in the 2022 World Cup

These three players were previous contenders and they also have a strong chance of winning the Golden Boot. Here are the other 5 out of the top 8 players most likely to be top goalscorers at the World Cup.

  • Lionel Messi
  • Gabriel Jesus 
  • Karim Benzema 
  • Neymar Jr. 
  • Memphis Depay

Take note of these names because they will be valuable when you plan on betting on the potential Golden Boot winner for the upcoming 2022 World Cup. It is important to look at the previous edition so you can learn more about these players.

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