World Cup Golden Boot Betting
Each World Cup tournament is accompanied by a number of player awards, with the most notable being the World Cup Golden Boot, awarded to the player who scores the most goals at the World Cup.
The award only counts goals scored in the final tournament and not qualifying matches. If there is more than 1 player with the most goals, then the number of assists will be used as a tiebreaker and if there is still a tie, it will then be awarded to the players who has played fewer minutes.
Who will score the most goals in Russia?
Only one player to have topped the goal scoring lists at a World Cup, played for a side that failed to advance past the Group stage. That was Russian Oleg Salenko in 1994.
The highest goal scorer has represented a team that has appeared in just 8 of the 20 world Cup finals to date.
This means that the luck of the draw and strength of opposition in the Group stage, moreso than the number of games played, will determine who will be the World Cup Golden Boot winners in 2018.
The Golden Boot contenders
World Cup Golden Boot betting is set to be tight and very intriguing given the number of experienced stars, players in peak form and young guns at this tournament.
Egyptian Mohamad Salah will stand a good chance, especially if his Egyptian side can get into the quarters. He is a wizard in front of goal and is sure to be one of the most watched players.
Argentina are set for a good run at Russia, which means the great Lionel Messi will feature strongly in markets.
Luis Suarez, Harry Kane, Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski are also top chances for the Golden Boot award.
Edinson Cavani has been in great form all season and looks to be still in the prime of his career at 31.
Mauro Icardi is in great touch. The 25 year old striker is a class act and will bag himself a few goals in the Group stages.
List of All Time World Cup Top Goal Scorers
|Miroslav Klose||Germany||16||24||2002, 2006, 2010, 2014|
|Ronaldo||Brazil||15||19||1994, 1998, 2002, 2006|
|Gerd Müller||West Germany||14||13||1970, 1974|
|Pelé||Brazil||12||14||1958, 1962, 1966, 1970|
|Jürgen Klinsmann||Germany||11||17||1990, 1994, 1998|
|Helmut Rahn||West Germany||10||10||1954, 1958|
|Gary Lineker||England||10||12||1986, 1990|
|Gabriel Batistuta||Argentina||10||12||1994, 1998, 2002|
|Teófilo Cubillas||Peru||10||13||1970, 1978, 1982|
|Thomas Müller||Germany||10||13||2010, 2014|
|Grzegorz Lato||Poland||10||20||1974, 1978, 1982|
|Christian Vieri||Italy||9||9||1998, 2002|
|David Villa||Spain||9||12||2006, 2010, 2014|
|Paolo Rossi||Italy||9||14||1978, 1982, 1986|
|Jairzinho||Brazil||9||16||1966, 1970, 1974|
|Roberto Baggio||Italy||9||16||1990, 1994, 1998|
|Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||West Germany||9||19||1978, 1982, 1986|
|Uwe Seeler||West Germany||9||21||1958, 1962, 1966, 1970|
List of past Golden Boot Winners
The World Cup top scorers from 1930 to 1978 did not receive an official award. The Golden Boot began in 1982 and was initially called the Golden Shoe, which was changed in 2010 to Golden Boot. Also, since 1982 the second and third World Cup top goal scorers were awarded a silver and bronze award.
1930-1978 – No Awards Given
|World Cup||Top Goalscorer||Goals||Runners-up||Goals||Third place||Goals|
|1930||Guillermo Stábile||8||Pedro Cea||5||Bert Patenaude||4|
|1934||Oldřich Nejedlý||5||Edmund Conen||4||None|
|1950||Ademir||8||Óscar Míguez||5||Alcides Ghiggia||4|
|1954||Sándor Kocsis||11||Josef Hügi||6||None|
|1966||Eusébio||9||Helmut Haller||6||Valeriy Porkujan||4|
|1970||Gerd Müller||10||Jairzinho||7||Teófilo Cubillas||5|
|1974||Grzegorz Lato||7||Andrzej Szarmach||5||None|
|1978||Mario Kempes||6||Teófilo Cubillas||5||Rob Rensenbrink||5|
1982-2006 – Golden Shoe
|World Cup||Golden Shoe||Goals||Silver Shoe||Goals||Bronze Shoe||Goals|
|1982||Paolo Rossi||6||Karl-Heinz Rummenigge||5||Zico||4|
|1986||Gary Lineker||6||Emilio Butragueño||5||Not Awarded|
|1990||Salvatore Schillaci||6||Tomáš Skuhravý||5||Roger Milla||4|
|1994||Oleg Salenko||6||Not Awarded||Kennet Andersson||5|
|1998||Davor Šuker||6||Gabriel Batistuta||5||Not Awarded|
|2002||Ronaldo||8||Miroslav Klose||5||Not Awarded|
|2006||Miroslav Klose||5||Hernán Crespo||3||Ronaldo||3|
2010-present – Golden Boot
|World Cup||Golden Boot||Goals||Silver Boot||Goals||Bronze Boot||Goals|
|2010||Thomas Müller||5||David Villa||5||Wesley Sneijder||5|
|2014||James Rodríguez||6||Thomas Müller||5||Neymar||4|