Kylian Mbappe sits atop the FIFA World Cup top goal scorer table as the tournament moves into the quarterfinals.
He scored a fourth and fifth goal against Poland in the Round of 16 to put him alone in first place for the Golden Boot award, two goals better than the chasing pack.
Mbappe now has nine career World Cup goals, and at the age of 23 he has already scored more goals on the world stage than legends Diego Maradona (Argentina) and Rivaldo (Brazil) had in their entire careers.
That group of players on three goals is a crowded one. Portuguese hat-trick sensation Goncalo Ramos was the latest to join Argentina’s Lionel Messi and a host of other stars after his hat-trick against Switzerland in the Round of 16. Others include Brazil’s Richarlison, France’s Olivier Giroud, rising Dutch star Cody Gakpo, and England forwards Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka.
Of this chasing pack, Ecuador’s Enner Valencia and Spain’s Alvaro Morata no longer have a chance at the Golden Boot after their teams were eliminated in the group stage and Round of 16, respectively.
As more names are added to the list below, page 57 of the official FIFA World Cup tournament rules explains what happens in case players are tied on goals. There are two layers of tiebreakers: (1) most assists, (2) fewest minutes played.
The table below is updated after every match and will take into account the above tiebreakers.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Top Scorers
The table below is updated as of Tuesday, December 6 at the conclusion of the Portugal-Switzerland match.
|1.||Kylian Mbappe||France||5 (0)||1||4||297|
|2.||Goncalo Ramos||Portugal||3 (0)||1||3||83|
|Alvaro Morata||Spain||3 (0)||1||3||126|
|Lionel Messi||Argentina||3 (1)||1||4||270|
|Marcus Rashford||England||3 (0)||0||4||132|
|Bukayo Saka||England||3 (0)||0||3||214|
|Olivier Giroud||France||3 (0)||0||3||227|
|Enner Valencia||Ecuador||3 (1)||0||3||257|
|Cody Gakpo||Netherlands||3 (0)||0||4||341|
|11.||Bruno Fernandes||Portugal||2 (1)||3||2||267|
|Rafael Leao||Portugal||2 (0)||0||4||62|
|Niclas Fullkrug||Germany||2 (0)||1||3||66|
|Vincent Aboubakar||Cameroon||2 (0)||1||3||141|
|Robert Lewandowski||Poland||2 (1)||1||4||360|
|Kai Havertz||Germany||2 (0)||0||2||102|
|Giorgian de Arrascaeta||Uruguay||2 (0)||0||2||108|
|Ferran Torres||Spain||2 (1)||0||3||144|
|Mehdi Taremi||Iran||2 (1)||0||2||180|
|Ritsu Doan||Japan||2 (0)||0||4||218|
|Breel Embolo||Switzerland||2 (0)||0||3||238|
|Mohammed Kudus||Ghana||2 (0)||0||3||250|
|Aleksandar Mitrovic||Serbia||2 (0)||0||3||263|
|Salem Aldawsari||S. Arabia||2 (0)||0||3||270|
|Cho Gue-sung||S. Korea||2 (0)||0||4||276|
|Andrej Kramaric||Croatia||2 (0)||0||4||276|
- 1 goal:81 players
- Own goals:3 players
Note: There have been 148 goals scored in the World Cup thus far with three (3) own goals by Morocco’s Nayef Aguerd, Germany’s Manuel Neuer, and Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez.
Odds to win 2022 Golden Boot
Harry Kane was the leading pre-tournament contender to repeat as winner after claiming it four years ago with six goals in England’s run to the semifinals. But history is against him, given no one has ever repeated as Golden Boot winner.
Karim Benzema was third favorite (+1000) to win the 2022 award at one point, but he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. Romelu Lukaku is also battling an injury with Belgium.
Pre-tournament odds below are via Caesars (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Ladbrokes (Australia).
Who won World Cup 2018, Golden Boot
England’s Harry Kane played the maximum seven matches as England made it all the way to the semifinals and also featured in the third-place match.
Kane’s six goals were two better than the rest of the field, which included Cristiano Ronaldo and the French duo of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, who helped their team to the World Cup title.
World Cup Golden Boot winners all time
There have been 21 men’s World Cup tournaments and 21 different winners of the Golden Boot.
And a scan of the all-time winners below makes it clear that it’s not always the star players who come away with the prestigious award.
|1970||Gerd Muller||West Germany||10|
How many Golden Boot winners also won the World Cup?
There have been 21 previous editions of the men’s FIFA World Cup, but there has only been three occasions where the champion also had a player atop the Golden Boot rankings.
The first one came in 1978, as Mario Kempes helped lead Argentina to triumph on home soil, including two goals in the final against the Netherlands.
The following edition it was another goal poacher, this time Italian forward Paolo Rossi, who also scored in the final to help the Azzurri cap their magical run with the title.
Another 20 years passed before the next player to do it, and it was one of the all-time greats. Brazil forward Ronaldo was the star of the 2002 World Cup and he delivered for his country, scoring both goals in the final against Germany.
Ronaldo’s eight goals in that 2002 tournament are the most scored in a single tournament since Germany’s Gerd Muller hit double digits in 1970.
Who has the most goals in World Cup history?
There are only 13 players who can boast to have double-digit goal totals in FIFA World Cup history. And there’s just one active player on that elite list, who is also heading to Qatar 2022.
Germany’s Thomas Muller is getting set to play in his fourth consecutive World Cup. He enters the tournament knowing that just two goals in the FIFA 2022 tournament would have him even with the legendary Pele of Brazil.
|Miroslav Klose||Germany||16||2002, 2006, 2010, 2014|
|Ronaldo||Brazil||15||1994, 1998, 2002, 2006|
|Gerd Muller||Germany||14||1970, 1974|
|Pele||Brazil||12||1958, 1962, 1966, 1970|
|Jurgen Klinsmann||Germany||11||1990, 1994, 1998|
|Helmut Rahn||Germany||10||1954, 1958|
|Gary Linekar||England||10||1986, 1990|
|Gabriel Batistuta||Argentina||10||1994, 1998, 2002|
|Teofilo Cubillas||Peru||10||1970, 1974, 1982|
|Thomas Muller||Germany||10||2010, 2014, 2018|
|Grzegorz Lato||Poland||10||1974, 1978, 1982|
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