The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just days away from kick-off as we near the end of warm-up matches. The warm-up rounds have witnessed some astonishing football already that is proof of what lies in stores for the football fans come this summer. After teams like Italy, Netherlands, Chile, and Wales failing to make the final 32, the warm-up matches have continued the upset trend with the latest coming from Austria, who managed to defeat the defending champions Germany 2-1.
The surprising trend has left open a few new faces challenging for the Golden Boot as well. The Messiah of Argentina, Lionel Messi, despite bagging the European Golden Boot this season, doesn’t look to be the top contender because of Argentina’s slightly offensive lineup. Considering the recent results, team lineups, and the current goalscoring records, here are five names that are poised to be the top challengers for the Golden Boot in Russia.
Who will get FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Boot
So, who will be the highest goal scorer of Russia World Cup? Here are some fantastic players who are having high chances of getting Golden Boot. The below picks are my own, and you can have your views through comments.
According to Frank Lampard, if England is to go through to the semi-finals at least, Captain Harry Kane will have to be at his ruthless best. Given England’s lineup and tactics, that looks very much possible. England is playing more of an attacking formation with Southgate opting for 3-1-4-2 with Harry Kane and either of Sterling, Rashford, or Vardy up front. That formation is most likely going to leave Harry Kane with a lot of tap-in chances, and the Tottenham Hotspur man looks to be in a decent enough form to convert them into goals. So for Frank Lampard and his Pundit skills, we have listed Harry Kane as our fifth best bid for the Golden Boot.
A lot of football fans would be surprised to see this name so early in the list but the ones who know Argentina would consider this a blind bet. Argentina was left all exposed after getting thrashed 1-6 at the hands of Spain. That just proved yet again how heavily they rely on Lionel Messi. He has so far failed to take his side to any glory, and his retirement stint after the Copa America failure has only given the Argentine fans one more reason for not expecting much success in Russia. Given their weak midfield, chances for Lionel Messi are going to be low. However, still considering what he can do all alone with his pair of feet on a football pitch, we pit him as our fourth best contender.
What puts Lukaku in at number three is the sheer strength Belgium possess in their midfield this time around. The magical form of Kevin De Bruyne, which made Manchester City the first side to reach 100 points in 38-game English Premier League season, will provide Lukaku with more than enough chances of increasing his goals tally. His one on one finishing has helped Manchester United this season, and that should come in handy for Belgium as well. Belgium is by far the most attack-oriented contenders in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and that attack will rely massively on the Manchester United man. One more added advantage for him will be the opponents Belgium faces in the group stages, England, Panama, and Tunisia. Barring England, the other two sides look least likely to offer any resistance to the Belgian assault, and that will surely hand Lukaku a head start in the race for the Golden Boot.
Writing him off is the biggest mistake any football pundit could have ever made. Three months into the season and people were all set to tag him an old horse now nearing his end. It was time for the Portuguese to answer, and he responded in a style of his own. He carried Real Madrid to yet another UCL final and scored an astonishing bicycle kick in the process. He has carried Portugal to European glory a couple of years ago as well and is all set to take his national side a step further. Portugal has a much more stable side than Argentina which gives Ronaldo an edge over his closest only rival, Lionel Messi. For all what he has done in the last season for Real Madrid and all that he can do for Portugal in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo is our number two pick for the Golden Boot.
The dream that ended with a red card to Zinadine Zidane now has the greatest chance of becoming a reality. In their recent outing against the Italians, France was close to being ruthless with Ousmana Dembele producing some jaw-dropping dribbles and curved shots. Before that, it was Paul Pogba who managed to hog the limelight. However, one constant name was there on France’s score sheet irrespective of how they played, and that was Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. He has proven to be one gem of a finisher, and he will be assigned the job of giving the finishing touches to all the excellent work from his teammates. Just because of how good France has been and how good they are expected to be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Antoine Griezmann is our top contender for the Golden Boot.
Wild Card- Mohammed Salah
He will be the top contender for many football fans across the globe. The foul on him by Sergio Ramos in the UCL final caused so many fans to cry. However, he has fought hard and is all set to recover in time to hold his nation’s flag high in Russia. He has carried Egypt into the World Cup pretty much solely and will be poised to continue his good work in Russia as well. Without a doubt, if he takes the field for Egypt in every game, he will be right up there on the top in the list of leading goal scorers in Russia.