Dec 1 (Reuters) – The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is nearing its knockout phase. One of many prime awards gamers compete for is the Golden Boot, awarded to the participant with probably the most targets within the match.
The variety of assists by a participant is taken into account within the case of a tie for targets scored. If a number of gamers are tied on each counts, the winner is set after factoring through which participant performed the bottom minutes.
England’s captain Harry Kane bagged the prize within the 2018 version of the World Cup in Russia, the place he scored six targets and led his workforce to the semi-finals. Under is an summary of contenders within the race for prime scorer within the 2022 World Cup:
France’s talisman failed to search out the web as Tunisia recorded a famous upset over Les Bleus of their last Group D match. The 23-year-old scored against Australia of their opener and bagged a second-half double in opposition to Denmark as France booked their knockout spot.
The England striker has loved a dream begin to his World Cup campaign in Qatar.
Rashford’s place within the squad was unsure just a few months in the past resulting from type and health, however the Manchester United ahead moved up the Golden Boot standings after he netted twice in England’s rout of a Gareth Bale-led Wales facet.
Rashford’s teammates Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis), Jack Grealish (Manchester Metropolis), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) and Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) additionally featured on the scoresheet throughout the group stage.
The Dutch ahead has managed to search out the net regularly in Qatar up to now, because the Netherlands progressed to the final 16 after ending prime of Group A.
The 23-year-old Gakpo has been influential in his membership PSV Eindhoven’s run to the knockout phases within the Europa League and is a goal of transfer speculation with prime European golf equipment mentioned to be vying for his signature when subsequent summer season’s switch window opens.
Ecuador’s all-time prime scorer, nicknamed “Superman” at house, scored the first two goals of the World Cup of their opening match in opposition to hosts Qatar on the Al Bayt stadium because the South People ran out winners.
Valencia added a 3rd in a deserved 1-1 draw in opposition to the Netherlands, however won’t be able to enhance his tally as Ecuador failed to succeed in the knockout stage after shedding 2-1 to Senegal to complete third in Group A.
The Argentina nice is taking part in in what he has mentioned might be his last World Cup. The 35-year-old opened his account by burying a spot-kick in a shock Group C loss to Saudi Arabia, earlier than scoring one and aiding Enzo Fernandez in an emotionally-charged win over Mexico.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has loved a trophy-laden profession at each membership and private degree however has up to now didn’t ship a long-awaited World Cup for his nation, one thing followers around the globe wish to see change this time around.
Messi’s arch-rival, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, can even be eyeing the Golden Boot as he turned the primary participant to attain in five World Cups after his purpose in opposition to Ghana of their Group H opener.
However 28-year-old Bruno Fernandes, who has lengthy performed second fiddle to his celebrity teammate, stepped out of Ronaldo’s shadow by scoring twice in opposition to Uruguay, after he arrange two targets in Portugal’s 3-2 win in opposition to Ghana.
WORLD CUP TOP GOAL SCORER 2022: GOLDEN BOOT STANDINGS*
* Stats as of Nov. 30
Compiled by Siddharth Okay in Bengaluru; Modifying by Milla Nissi
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