Lionel Messi’s goal and assist lead to Argentina revival against Mexico

The 2022 FIFA World Cup features 32 nations competing in the biggest football event in Qatar, the first World Cup ever to be held in the Middle East. This year marks the final edition of the tournament with a field of 32 nations – that number is expected to increase to 48 for the 2026 World Cup, which will have venues in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s Copa Mundial is different for several reasons, including the dates (due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, the schedule has been moved from November to December instead of its traditional summer schedule). But as always, the event features the world’s best footballing nations vying for global glory as well as individual awards for the best players, including the coveted award for attacking players: the Golden Boot.

In the latest iteration of the World Cup, England Harry Kane, also a star for Premier League side Tottenham, won the award with his six goals, which likely helped soften the blow from the Three Lions losing 2-0 to Belgium in the Champions League game. third place. One of the best storylines to watch at this year’s World Cup is the swan song for two of the game’s biggest stars: Argentina Lionel Messi and Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo. Neither player has ever won the Golden Boot and neither of their teams have won the World Cup during their tenure. Defending champions France are likely to field some prize contenders, including Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema. To learn more about the latest Golden Boot rankings, odds and predictions throughout the tournament, follow ProSoccerTalk and NBC Sports Advantage.

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What is the Golden Boot?

The Golden Boot is the award given to the top scorer of each edition of the World Cup. If, at the end of the tournament, two or more players are tied at the top of the list with the same number of goals, the prize will go to the player with the most goals without penalty, and if they are still tied, it will be go to the player with the most assists. Although there has always been a top scorer at the tournament, the specific award has been given since 1982. It was known as “The Golden Show” until it was rechristened in 2010.

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Who are the top scorers at the 2022 World Cup?

1. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) – 3
2. Kylian Mbappe (France) – 3
3. Olivier Giroud (France) – 2
4. Mahdi Taremi (Iran) – 2
5. Richarlison (Brazil) – 2
6. Ferran Torres (Spain) – 2
7. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 2
8. Bukayo Saka (England) – 2
9. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) – 2

The ‘Golden Boot’ trophy for the tournament’s best footballer is on display at a ‘pop-up’ store of Adidas AG inside the GUM luxury department store in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 9, 2018. FIFA expects more three billion viewers for the World Cup which begins this week in Russia. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

All former Golden Shoe winners (1982-2018)

1982: Paolo Rossi (ITA) – 6

1986: Gary Lineker (GBR) – 6

1990: Salvatore Schillaci – 6

1994: Oleg Salenko (RUS) / Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) – 6

1998: Davor Suker (CRO) – 6

2002: Ronaldo (BRA) – 8

2006 – Miroslav Klose (GER) – 5

2010 – Thomas Muller (GER) – 5

2014 – James Rodriguez (COL) – 6

2018 – Harry Kane (GBR) – 6


When is the 2022 World Cup?

The World Cup begins on Sunday, November 20 with host country Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opener. The group stage runs until December 3 before the start of the round of 16. The final will take place on Sunday, December 18.

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2022 World Cup schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage match kick-off times: 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • Spanish TV channels: Telemundo, Universe, Peacock
  • Diffusion in Spanish: Peacock (all 64 games)

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