2018 World Cup Golden Boot Predictions
The World Cup Golden Boot is awarded every 4 years to the player who scores the most goals throughout the tournament. In 2014 James Rodriguez took home the Golden Boot, after scoring 6 goals in 5 games. The Colombian might have boasted an impressive goalscoring record, but with 13 goals in just 6 games, Just Fontaine can surely boast to having the best ever World Cup.
This year, there are a number of players who could have a say in where the Golden Boot ends up. Bet UK are here to talk you through who we think are the 5 most likely players to score the most goals at the 2018 World Cup. If you want to check when each of these players are playing, we've put together a fixture list with everything you need to know.
Neymar currently sits at 4th in Brazil’s all time top goalscorer list, not bad for a 26 year old who still has his best years ahead of him. At the 2014 World Cup, Neymar was his nation’s talisman, and it looks as though this year will be no different. The Brazilian has just came back from a knee injury but that didn’t stop him scoring a wonderful solo goal against Croatia in his first game back. After the game Neymar said he was only at ‘80% fitness’, which makes us wonder just how good he could be in this summer when he’s back to his best. The 2018 World Cup might finally be the tournament that puts Neymar firmly in the race for the Ballon D’or.
Similar to Neymar, Lionel Messi is a god like figure in his home country. Messi is already 10 goals clear as Argentina’s all time top scorer, a figure that will surely extend before he eventually retires. At the World Cup in Brazil, Messi was named the tournaments best player after leading Argentina to the final where they were narrowly beaten by Germany. In Argentina’s final warm up match before the tournament, Messi fired in a hattrick in a 4-0 win. If he can carry on that form alongside the world's deadliest attack, then he must be in contention for this year’s Golden Boot.
The World Cup is just about the only trophy that Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t won during his illustrious career. After leading Portugal to their first ever European Championship in 2016, CR7 will be desperate to go one better this summer. Guaranteed to start every game that he can, Ronaldo will spearhead the Portuguese attack throughout the tournament. Portugal might start off with a tricky fixture against Spain, but playing Morocco and Iran and Group B could be a good opportunity to grab a couple of early goals. Advancing through to the second round will potentially put Portugal against Egypt or Russia, another team that Ronaldo will fancy his chances against. The world’s best player will expect to step up on the world’s biggest stage, so the 2018 World Cup could be another tournament that is all about Cristiano Ronaldo.
Timo Werner is by far the least experienced player on this list, but he could still be leading the line for Germany this summer. His first tournament experience came in Russia at the Confederations Cup in 2017, where he won the Golden Boot and was instrumental in Germany winning the tournament. At club level, the 22 year old is the youngest player ever to reach 100 and 150 Bundesliga appearances whilst at Stuttgart and then RB Leipzig. This lead to his first Germany call up in March 2017, just after his 21st birthday. Werner is one of only 2 out and out strikers in the German squad, competing with the aging Mario Gomez for a place in the starting eleven. Germany are in group F, along with Sweden, South Korea and Mexico. It would be surprising to see Germany finish anywhere but top in that group, in fact many put them as favourites to retain the World Cup. If they do make the final for the second year running, then expect the electric Timo Werner to be a big reason for that.
There’s not many England fans who fancy their chances at the World Cup this year, but there is one thing everyone can agree on: Harry Kane knows how to score goals. Scoring over 20 Premier League goals for the last 4 years, including his best ever goal scoring season in 17/18, Kane is coming into the tournament in world class form. His England record isn’t too bad either. Over a goal a game for the last 2 years, with 1 goals every 2 games since 2015, there’s no doubt that Kane will be England’s first choice. At Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson inexplicably made Harry Kane take corners, but surely Southgate will have the Tottenham striker in the box at any opportunity. If Kane gets the service he’s used to, he is certain to get goals in Russia.
There you have it, that’s the 5 players Bet UK think have the best chance at the Golden Boot in Russia. But surely we are all hoping Kane will be the one flying back to England with the Golden Boot in one hand and the World Cup in the other?