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2018 FIFA World Cup : Top 10 contenders for the ‘Golden Boot’

From Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo to other dark horses who can become top scorers for their nation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup got off to an emphatic start on Thursday with Russia’s astounding win over Saudi Arabia and the event became even more lively with Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain on Friday.

With the tournament providing a goal feast in the first two days itself; let’s hope there will be many more goals scored over the course of next one month.

In the 2014 World Cup, Columbia’s James Rodriguez scored 6 goals, to take home the coveted Golden Boot trophy. While Rodriguez would try to defend his title in this edition of WC, he would face serious competition from his gifted contemporaries.

Let’s have a close watch at the potential winners for the title in FIFA World Cup 2018.

Neymar (Brazil)

After nursing an ankle injury since February, Brazil’s talismanic forward Neymar is back in the scoring charts and is one of the leading candidates to win the Golden Boot in Russia. Before his injury, he was in red-hot form for PSG, scoring 22 goals in just 24 matches.

Additionally, he scored two goals in the recent friendlies for Brazil since making a comeback; he is truly under contention to scoop the Golden Boot.

Lionel Messi (Argentina)

World Cup 2018 may be the last chance for Messi to get his hands on a World Cup. Aged 30, he will be 34, the time next World Cup rolls over. So, could this be the year for Messi? We will find out over the next few weeks.

The Argentine is one of the best players in the world currently and will be expected to lead his nation from the front. He scored four goals in Brazil WC 2014 and will look to improve his tally this time around.

Antoine Griezmann (France)

France is one of the favourites for the World Cup title, and Griezman will have to score plenty of goals if they are to win big this summer. He scored 29 goals for Atletico Madrid and will have a wealth of attacking talent to support him up front.

Griezmann won the Golden Boot in the European Championship in 2016 and will have his eyes set for the big prize in Russia again.

Timo Werner (Germany)

Germany’s Tino Werner will be hoping to carry on the baton from Miroslav Klose, who is the top scorer in World Cups. Werner 22, will be spearheading Germany’s World Cup title defence in Russia.

Despite his young age, he is a deadly marksman, chipping in important goals over the course of Germany’s World Cup qualification campaign.

Harry Kane (England)

England skipper Harry Kane will be crucial to the Three Lions’ progression in the tournament. England may have a young squad, but Kane has developed into one of the deadliest goal poachers in the world.

He has finished as the top scorer in England’s Premier League in two of last three seasons and will be looking to win the Golden Boot in World Cup as well.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Much like his nemesis Messi, Ronaldo will also feature in a World Cup for the last time. He is hailed by many as the best player of all time and will wish to finish his last World Cup as a winner.

Ronaldo inspired Portugal to European Championship glory in 2016, and the 33-year-old will have to score a plethora of goals to win the World Cup for Portugal.

Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) 

  

Even though the young striker will have a star cast of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to support him, he will have to take up the mantle for Brazil this summer. After guiding Manchester City to the Premier League titles, he will hope to score lots of goals, to help Brazil secure a sixth World Cup trophy.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Romelu Lukaku will have the task of finding the back of the net consistently if Belgium hopes to win the World Cup 2018.

The big Belgian is blessed with incredible pace and power and will likely be one of the leading candidates for the Golden Boot if he can rise to the occasion.

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)

Two time champs Uruguay will have their hopes pinned on Edinson Cavani to lead them in Russia. The PSG forward scored 40 goals in all competitions last season and will hope to continue his good form in front of the goal, in the World Cup Russia 2018.

Diego Costa (Spain)

Diego Costa may not be the most influential player for Spain, but he will be their main striker for sure. Known for his ability to bully opposition defenders, Costa will be very hard to stop if given time and spaces anywhere near the goal.

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