With the next edition of the FIFA World Cup just six months away, the anticipation is only increasing and although we recently focussed on those nations who have a genuine chance of lifting the trophy, that is not the only accolade up for grabs. Several players will be vying to become the World Cup 2022 Top Goal Scorer.
Because with goals being the currency that wins you matches, the world’s best will be looking to deliver in Qatar and with a Golden Boot acting as the prize for whoever the deadliest marksman turns out to be, breaching opposition defences will be the order for the day.
Especially when some of the absolute best have won this award in the past and with the likes of Gary Lineker, Eusebio and Gerd Müller amongst the previous winners, whoever wins in 2022 will be a rightful member of this established club.
Which means it is now time to look through the runners and riders for such an accolade and although each player would love to conquer the footballing world, being the hottest striker on planet Earth is no bad thing either.
Harry Kane – England World Cup 2022 Top Scorer Chances
With the Tottenham forward acting as the previous recipient of the award, he will now look to rule the roost once again and although some quarters criticised the makeup of his prize four years ago, you can only score against what is in front of you.
In Kane’s case, was plenty of penalties in Russia and although they made up a considerable part of his six-goal haul in 2018 – five, in fact, he at least showed an ice-cool demeanour from just 12 yards out.
Now though, it is fair to say that Kane has certainly evolved as a forward since the 2018 World Cup and with an extra depth to this game now on show, he is ready to terrorise opposition defences in Qatar.
To the point where the England captain is now the outright favourite to come out on top and if he can help the Three Lions finally break their international hoodoo, he may even end up doing a personal double.
Kylian Mbappe – France World Cup 2022 Top Scorer Prospects
In a footballing world where we no longer operate with a Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly, there is something of a power vacuum when it comes to the world’s best and going a considerable way to filling that gap, is none other than Kylian Mbappe.
Because with Mbappe playing a huge part in France’s 2018 tournament success, he will now look to play the same size role in 2022 and not only that, but the current PSG forward would be keen to lead the scoring charts as well.
Then again, there is a question mark of whether Mbappe will still be at PSG by the time the 2022 World Cup comes around and with Real Madrid making no secret of their desire to land the French forward, a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu could well ensue.
With that said, club allegiance will not be of massive importance to French manager Didier Deschamps and as long as Mbappe is fully fit in Qatar, then he will be a thorn in the side of any opponents
Romelu Lukaku – Belgium Likelihood of Becoming The World Cup 2022 Top Scorer
Although Romelu Lukaku has had a season to forget for Belgium, he can still look ahead to the World Cup like everyone else and with a litany of superstars around him, it may be harder to miss than score for his national team.
Because with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Youri Tielemans acting as the supply line for the former Inter Milan forward, there is likely to be plenty of chances for the man who helped Belgium to a third-place finish in 2018.
Not only that, but Belgium are still looking to land a first major international trophy and although they do not have the same awesome prowess of the previous decade, Roberto Martinez’s men are still a squad to be feared.
Especially as Lukaku himself will have a point to prove and although his Chelsea form has done little to inspire punters at present, one must remember that he is a different beast when it comes to international football.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal in the Running for Golden Boot
If Romelu Lukaku has had a forgettable season for Chelsea, then Cristiano Ronaldo will have little to shout about at Manchester United and with the Portuguese icon looking to lead his nation to more international glory, this could also be the last hurrah on this stage.
Then again, with the incredible fitness that Cristiano Ronaldo displayed each week, there is no reason why the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward cannot lead Portugal to the first 48-nation World Cup in 2026.
Whether the phenom is still playing at the very highest level in four years’ time remains to be seen and before that, he would love nothing more than to end 2022 on a personal high – which means the Golden Boot is definitely a prize in his spotlight.
Because with Cristiano Ronaldo already possessing the record for the most goals scored in international football, there are not many accolades that have missed his grasp and the World Cup Golden Boot is one of the very few.
Neymar – Brazil Cannot Be Overlooked to Win The Golden Boot
It would not be a list of runners and riders without a Brazilian entry and although Everton’s Richarlison would love to be a part of this list, it is probably fairer to shine a light on teammate Neymar instead.
With the PSG forward known for his samba style, he will be tasked with helping Brazil back towards the summit of world football and with the Selecao not conquering the globe since 2002, a win for the South American nation is perhaps overdue.
Especially when you consider that Brazil is loaded with attacking talent and although it may not be as fearsome as 20 years ago and the trio of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, they are not a unit to be overlooked either.
Which means Neymar will be primed and ready to do defensive damage in just six months and although some may argue that his talents are wasted alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi at PSG, those same skills are certainly appreciated when it comes to Brazil.
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