The world is ready for the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Grand Finale. Argentina and France will lock horns today at 3:00 pm GMT at Lusail Stadium, Qatar, to clinch the most coveted prize, the World Cup. When it’s all said and done, we will also find out the Golden Boot winner. Who will win the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot 2022?
World Cup Golden Boot Candidates
It all comes down to the two best teams in the tournament, Argentina and France. Lionel Messi led La Albicelestes in the World Cup Final, their 2nd final in three tournaments. On the other hand, France’s talisman Kylian Mbappe led Les Bleus to their second consecutive final.
But who will score the most goals in the FIFA World Cup 2022? After the Grand Finale, FIFA will award the Adidas Golden Boot to the highest goal scorer of the tournament. If there are multiple top scorers, then assists and mins./goal will count.
Here is the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot 2022 candidates.
1. Lionel Messi: 5 Goals
35 years old, playing the last (5th) World Cup of his career, and still competing for the Golden Boot. It could be possible for only one man, Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi scored 5 goals in the tournament. He scored a goal from the spot in their opener against Saudi Arabia. He scored the crucial opener against Mexico, from a shot outside of the box, in what was their must-win game.
LM10 scored his third in the Round of 16 against Australia, the opener in their 2-1 victory. He scored his 4th goal against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Lionel Messi converted another spot kick to score his 5th goal against Croatia in the semi-finals.
Messi has the chance to bag three prizes tonight, the Golden Boot, Golden Ball, and the most coveted World Cup. The magician also has 3 assists in the tournament.
2. Kylian Mbappe: 5 Goals
The 23-year-old France’s talisman Kylian Mbappe is the joint top scorer, with 5 goals, so far in the tournament.
All the ingredients are there for a historic Messi-Mbappe fight tonight. Whoever scores the most goals tonight should win the Golden Boot.
Mbappe scored a goal against Australia in their opener and scored a brace against Denmark in the group stage. He scored two more goals against Poland in the Round of 16. Mbappe has 2 assists as well.
3. Julian Alvarez: 4 Goals
Argentina no. 9 Julian Alvarez will have his say tonight in winning the Golden Boot. The Man City striker has been lethal so far in the tournament.
The 22-year-old scored 2 goals against Croatia in their 3-0 semi-final win over Croatia. He also scored a crucial goal in the Round of 16 and a goal against Poland in the group stage.
4. Olivier Giroud: 4 Goals
Olivier Giroud wasn’t even meant to be the starting striker for Les Bleus. The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema‘s unfortunate injury left the door open for him.
The 36-year-old Frenchman scored two goals against Australia. He scored a goal against Poland and the winning header against England in their 2-1 win in the quarter-finals. He also became France’s all-time top goal scorer.