Top FIFA WC 2022 goal scorers: Valencia, Mbappe lead race for Golden Boot


The highly-contested FIFA WC  2022 Golden Boot race is in full flow. With some of the game’s deadliest goal-scorers taking their poaching talents to the biggest stage.

Harry Kane scooped up the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But who will take home the coveted prize this time around?

Kane, for one, remains a strong favorite to win the Golden Boot for the second tournament in a row – something no one has ever done – but he’ll have no shortage of competition. 

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Memphis Depay, Mehdi Taremi, Enner Valencia, among others, staking their claims for the award.

Mbappe is emerging as France’s talisman at the World Cup. He tormented the Socceroos with his devastating turn of pace and bagged a goal and an assist in France’s World Cup opener.

Against Denmark, he took the tightly-contested game by the scruff of the neck. He drove towards the box with menace and finished on the stretch to send his first-time finish past Schmeichel. The PSG man then bundled home the match-winning goal to secure Les Blues’ progression to the last 16.

2. Enner Valencia | Ecuador | 3 goals

Enner Valencia opened his account in this year’s World Cup with a brace against hosts Qatar, helping Ecuador to a 2-0 win. He could’ve had a hattrick if not for VAR overruling a goal.

3. Bruno Fernandes | Portugal | 2 goal

Fernandes has been an integral player for Portugal at this year’s World Cup. He was brilliant in Portugal’s 3-2 triumph over Ghana, registering two assists.
He then followed it up with another effective display against Uruguay.

Where his brilliant goal-bound cross went straight into the back of the net to open the scoring, before sending the keeper the wrong way with his classic hop from the penalty spot to fire Portugal into the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Manchester United playmaker could have even bagged a hat-trick with two close attempts late on.

4. Bukayo Saka | England | 2 goals

Bukayo Saka opened his World Cup account in style with a brace against Iran. Two cracking finishes in each half from the winger helped England to a 6-2 victory in their opening match.

Check the list of The Top 10 International Goal Scorers in men’s Football

Position Player Country Goals Appearances
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 118 192
2 Ali Daei Iran 109 148
3 Lionel Messi Argentina 93 167
4 Mokhtar Dahari Malaysia 89 142
5 Ferenc Puskas Hungary 84 85
5 Sunil Chhetri India 84 131
7 Ali Mabkhout United Arab Emirates 80 109
8 Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79 111
9 Hussein Saeed Iraq 78 137
10 Pele Brazil 77 92
11 Robert Lewandowski Poland 77 136

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