With the 2022 FIFA World Cup just over a month away with hosts, Qatar set to draw Ecuador, punters and spectators have continued to speculate as to who will emerge with not just the Coupe du Monde in tow – but individually, who will land the tournament’s Golden Boot trophy.
In the most recent tournament back in 2018 in Russia, England talisman and national team captain, Harry Kane scooped the tournament’s Golden Boot award with 6 goals as far as the semi finals, while eventual winner, Antoine Greizmann scored 4 ahead of Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku – with the third-placed Inter Milan forward finding the net on 4 separate occasions.
Below, check out 6 talents who are tipped to battle it out for this tournament’s Golden Boot award in Qatar.
Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Harry Kane is currently odds on favorite at 7/1 to nab his second consecutive Golden Boot this December in Qatar – the current leader on most markets.
Set to lead the line for Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of Ivan Toney and Roma striker, Tammy Abraham, Kane has so far found the net on 7 occasions in 8 Premier League appearances this season, and is a surefire cert to add to his stunning 51 goal tally in Qatar this winter.
French maestro, Kylian Mbappe, who stunningly netted in the 2018 tournament en route to a 4-2 victory for Didier Deschamps’s side, is the second favorite to land the Golden Boot behind Kane. The Paris Saint Germain frontman can been backed currently at just 8/1 to scoop the award if you fancy a bet on the World Cup. Mbappe has so far scored 11 times in all competitions for PSG this season.
Set to lead the line for the French side this winter to boot, Real Madrid maestro, Karim Benzema, who has been tipped to land the Balon D’or amid a UEFA Champions League win earlier this year, can be backed as short as 12/1 to win the Golden Boot.
Since the departure of both Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gareth Bale from Los Blancos, Benzema has enjoyed a fantastic, gold-laden run for Carlo Ancelotti’s side – continuing his form with a 4 goals in 8 La Liga outings.
Tied with Benzema at 12/1 at the time of publication to win the Golden Boot, PSG forward, Neymar is tipped to likely have an outsiders chance to win the award as part of an often unknown Brazilian side under head coach, Tite.
Neymar, a former UEFA Champions League winner with Barcelona as part of a front three containing Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi, had hit form for the Parisian side this campaign – himself scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
Another player hitting top form of old recently amid a topsy-turvy start to his time in Ligue 1 is FIFA Balon D’or leader, Lionel Messi. Currently available at 14/1, the Argentine star recently found the net with a stunning effort against Benfica earlier this week – his eighth goal in 13 matches this season.
Yet to find his feet this campaign as part of a bit-part run with Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United, Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot in the Europa League this season – his sole goal for the Old Trafford side. The serial UEFA Champions League winner and Euro 2016 victor is priced the same as Messi – 14/1 to win the Golden Boot as part of a Portuguese front three.