It is poised to be a World Cup of two of the best footballers of the present generation, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. While the Portuguese beast has single-handedly driven his side to the round of 16, the Argentine Maestro finds his side facing a do-or-die situation against Nigeria in the final group game. It has been a striker’s tournament so far with no goalless draw registered yet. The Adidas Telstar 18 has already displayed enough trickery to fox the goalkeepers so far.
Apart from which team looks to be the strongest so far, the race for the Golden Boot has also heated up with all the top names battling to win the top spot. While Cristiano Ronaldo took a headstart with his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s first game, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane tailed him with a brace each. After Lionel Messi’s failure to spark any magic in the national colors, Ronaldo got yet another advantage as his toughest opponent was almost out of contention.
FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorers
The top spot still eludes Ronaldo, despite his inch-perfect performances and stands with a man who has stood up to shut his critics up in some style. After 13 days of action-packed football, here is how the top scorer’s list of the 2018 FIFA World Cup looks like.
Diego Costa (Spain)
No matter how they come, every single goal counts equally. Diego Costa hasn’t produced any out of the box skill to create some back page headlines but has surely done enough to find himself on the scorer’s sheet thrice in three games. He started off with a brace against Portugal and followed it up with the winner against Iran. He failed to score against Morocco and Spain had to toil hard to earn a point that guaranteed them passage to the round of 16. Spain next play hosts Russia in the round of 16, giving Diego Costa another chance to climb get his name further up in this list
Denis Cheryshev (Russia)
Russia had a dream start to their World Cup campaign at home scoring 8 goals in their first two games. Clinical in every aspect, Russia has been lethal with their breaks and the executor of those deadly breaks was their number six, Denis Cheryshev. After scoring a brace in the opening game against Saudi Arabia, he stepped up to score the second goal for Russia in their all-important game against Egypt. He had a horrible day against Uruguay where he ended up conceding an own goal before being called off in the first half itself. He will be the key for Russia when they take on the Spaniards in the round of 16 next up
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
The Ronaldo we’ve all been longing was finally there to be seen on football’s biggest stage. He single-handedly avoided Spain a win and then saw off the Moroccan challenge with a header to settle things for Portugal in Group B. He did miss a penalty in Portugal’s next game against Iran, but his four goals in the first two games were enough to better the tens of other forwards in Russia. Portugal next play Uruguay in the round of 16 and no wonder Ronaldo will have to score to reach the glories of last 8
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Belgium has been ruthless in every sense of the word and this man has been their wrecker-in-chief. His four goals in just two games. A 3-men defense speaks volumes of how attacking Belgium are at the moment, and how easy it has been for the Manchester United man to score goals for his national side. He has two braces to his name already and looks to up the count further when Belgium take on England in the Group G decider on Thursday
Harry Kane (England)
“One Season Wonder”, if Harry Kane is that by any means, then surely the 2018 FIFA World Cup is his season. He is currently on top of the list with five goals from just two matches. He scored two sumptuous goals against Tunisia in England’s close-fought win in the first game before becoming only the third English player in the history to score a World Cup finals hat-trick in England’s 6-1 thrashing of Panama. If Gareth Southgate and his men do find themselves in the later stages of the tournament, Harry Kane will undisputedly continue to stay on top of this list.
Read more about Golden Boot Contenders for Russia World Cup here.