The Golden Boot is given to the World Cup’s highest goal scorer, and Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, who will face off in the championship match of FIFA World Cup 2022, are currently tied for first place with five goals each. In order to win the Golden Boot, a player must score the most goals overall during the competition.
The Golden Boot, Golden Glove, and Golden Ball trophies will be given out after Sunday’s final, so there are still a lot of individual medals up for grabs in addition to the World Cup itself. Given the different players still in the running, all three may still be decided during the course of the final two games.
Only two other active players with several goals to their name are included after Messi, Mbappe, Alvarez, and Giroud in the standings.
Andrej Kramaric of Croatia and Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco have both scored twice so far, but if either of them hopes to surpass their competitors, they will need to do something spectacular in the third-place encounter.
- When was the first golden ball handed out?
The Golden Ball award was first handed out in 1982, when it was claimed by Italy striker Paolo Rossi (who also won the Golden Boot that year). Since then, a litany of great names have taken the plaudits, with Diego Maradona (1986), Ronaldo (1998) and Modric (2018) among the recipients.
The four goalkeepers who advance to the 2022 World Cup’s final two games are Yassine Bounou (Morocco), Dominic Livakovic, Hugo Lloris, and Argentina’s Emil Martinez.