Other than winning the original Jules Rimet Trophy, there is no greater personal achievement for a player at the World Cup than the prestigious Golden Boot award.
The award is given to the player who scores the most goals in the match, and the player from a team that enters the later rounds.
Here is the list of top five contenders for Golden Boot Award Qatar 2022.
1. Harry Kane
The current World Cup Golden Boot Award winner from the last World Cup 2018 is in excellent form. Only Erling Haaland (not in the World Cup) has more Premier League goals this season (12).
England have been very successful in recent World and European tournaments and are expected to reach at least the Round of 16. This indicates the possibility of a second Golden Boot for the English captains. Betting Odds 7-1 (+700)
2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane
2. Kylian Mbappe
The French superstar, who has scored 12 goals for Ligue 1 this season, is the clear second favourite. In 2018, Mbappe became the second-youngest player to score in the final, joining Harry Kane with 4 goals.
France are also expected to go deep into the tournament, boosting Mbappe’s chances. Betting Odds 8-1 (+800)
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3. Karim Benzema
Injuries and poor form kept him out of favor with the French team in 2018. However the reigning Ballon d’Or winner is back with a vengeance and is third favorite to win the top scorer award.
Still struggling with injuries this season, he is expected to be ready for France’s debut on November 22. Betting Odds 10-1 (+1000)
4. Lionel Messi
Many consider Messi to be the goat and he has been making his case this year with excellent form. His timing is perfect as he enters the World Cup with an Argentine team already selected as one of the favourites.
This is Messi’s last chance to compete on world football’s biggest stage, so motivation will be abundant. Betting Odds 12-1 (+1200)
It was a relatively lackluster 2018 for the Brazilian, who scored just two goals in the tournament. The 30-year-old has really found his form, scoring 11 goals in Ligue 1 for PSG.
Another highly talented player who may be entering his last World Cup, he is a great bet given his current prospects. Betting Odds 12-1 (+1200)
6. Dark Horses and Honorable Mentions
- 16-1 Cristiano Ronaldo
- 20-1 Romelu Lukaku
- 25-1 Richarlison
- 25-1 Vinicius Jr
- 25-1 Memphis Depay
- 25-1 Lautaro Martinez
- 60-1 Darwin Nunes
- 60-1 Antoine Griezmann
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