Golden Boot Award
The golden boot award is the most prestigious award and honor to be awarded to a player who leads the tournament as the top goal scorer. Until now 21 events of the Fifa World cup have taken place and we will discuss here the 21 lucky footballers of the world who won the highly rated award of the golden boot. Below are the details of the world cup golden boot winners
Guillermo Stabile – Argentina World Cup 1930
Guillermo Stabile the center forward of the Argentina national football team was the first ever footballer who won the golden boot award in the world cup in 1930 which was played in Uruguay. He played 4 games for Argentina, scored 8 goals, and was the tournament’s top goal scorer.
Oldrich Nejedly – Czechoslovakia World Cup 1934
Oldrich Nejedly was the inside left of the Czechoslovakia football team who participated in the 1934 world cup in Italy. During the tournament, he played 4 games and scored 5 goals, and won the golden boot award for Czechoslovakia
Leonidas – Brazil World Cup 1938
Leonidas da Silva played as a center-forward for Brazil’s national football team in the world cup in 1938 which was played in France. He appeared in 5 matches of the tournament and scored 7 goals and top the leading goal scorer of the event and won the golden boot award for the first time for his country.
Ademir – Brazil World Cup 1950
Ademir Marques de Menezes was the striker of the Brazil National Football Team in the event hosted by Brazil. while playing in front of a home crowd he took part in 6 games of the event and score 8 goals and became the top scorer of the tournament. He won the golden boot award for his country and this is the second time when Brazilian player won this award
Sandor Kocsis – Hungary World Cup 1954
Sandor Peter Kocsis the striker of Hungary’s national football team was the golden boot winner of the 1954 world cup for the outstanding display of his skill and avail the opportunities to score the goal. during the event, he appeared in only 5 games and scored 11 goals with a wonderful average of more than 2 goals per match.
Just Fontaine – France World Cup 1958
Just Louis Fontaine was the striker of France’s national football team in the 1958 world cup which was played in Sweden. He played only 6 matches of the competition and scored 13 goals with an outstanding average of more than 2 goals per match and won the golden boot award for his country.
Leonel Sanchez – Chile World Cup 1962
Leonel Gullermo Sanchez, the left forward of Chile was awarded the golden boot award in the 1962 world cup which was hosted by Chile. During the tournament, he played 6 games and scored 4 goals. Leonel Sanchez was selected for the golden boot winner by the technical committee of the tournament among the other 5 contesters who also scored 4 goals each during the event. The other 5 players were Garrincha and Vava from Brazil, Florian Albert from Hungary, Valentin Ivanov from the Soviet Union, and Drazan Jerkovic from Yugoslavia.
Eusebio – Portugal World Cup 1966 –
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira was the striker of the Portugal football team in the 1966 football world cup which was hosted by England. During the competition, he played 6 games and scored 9 goals for his country, and won the golden boot award.
Gerd Muller – Germany World Cup 1970
Gerhard Muller was the striker of the German Football team in the 1970 Mexico world cup. He played 6 games and scored 10 goals was the top scorer of the tournament and won the golden boot award for his country.
Grzegorz Lato – Poland World Cup 1974
Grzegorz Lato was Poland’s Winger (striker) during the 1974 football world cup which was hosted by West Germany. In the event, he played 7 games and scored 7 goals, and win the golden boot award for Poland
Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi – Argentina World Cup 1978
Mario Alberto Kempes Chiodi was the striker (attacking midfielder) of Argentina,s football team during the world cup in 1978 which was hosted by Argentina. He played 7 matches and scored 6 goals for Argentina and won the golden boot award.
Paola Rossi – Italy World Cup 1982
Paolo Rossi was the striker for Italy football team in the 1982 world cup which was played in Spain, during the tournament he played 7 games and scored 6 goals and was the top scorer of the event and won the golden boot award.
Gary Winston Lineker – England World Cup 1986
Gary Winston Lineker was the striker of the England football team in the 1986 world cup hosted by Mexico. He appears in 5 matches and scored 6 goals for his team and won the golden boot award.
Salvatore Schillaci – Italy World Cup 1990
Salvatore Schillaci striker of the Italian football team in the world cup 1990 was hosted by Italy. during the competition, he took part in 7 games and scored 6 goals, won the golden boot award, and became the second player in Italy who won this award.
Hristo Stoichkov -Bulgaria World Cup 1994
Hristo Stoichkov Stoichkov was the forward of the Bulgarian football team in the 1994 world cup hosted by the USA. during the event, he played 7 matches and scored 6 goals. He won the golden boot award beating the other competitor Oleg Salenko of Russia who also scored 6 goals in only 3 appearances.
Davor Suker – Croatia World Cup 1998
Davor Suker was the striker of the Croatian football team in the world cup in 1998 which was played in France. He played 7 games and scored 6 goals was the top scorer of the tournament and won the golden boot award for Croatia.
Ronaldo – Brazil World Cup 2002
Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima was the striker of Brazil’s national football team in the 2002 world cup which was hosted by South Korea and Japan. During the event, he played 7 games and scored 8 goals, was top of the tournament, and won the golden boot award. He was the third Brazilian player who won this award.
Miroslav Klose – Germany World Cup 2006
Miroslav Josef Klose main striker of the German football team in the 2006 world cup, hosted by Germany. During the competition, he appears in 7 games and scored 5 goals, and won the golden boot award for Germany. Klose was the second player who won this award for Germany.
Thomas Muller – Germany World Cup 2010
Thomas Muller was the attacking midfielder and striker of the German Football team in the 2010 world cup, hosted by South Africa. There was a competition for the golden boot award among 4 players, all played 7 games and scored 5 goals each. But the technical committee of the tournament nominates Thomas Muller for this award. The other three players were David Villa of Spain, Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, and Diego Forlan of Uruguay. Thomas Muller became the third player from Germany who won this award.
James Rodrigues – Colombia World Cup 2014
James David Rodriguez Rubio was the attacking midfielder and winger forward of the Colombian football team in the 2014 world cup played in Brazil. During the competition, he played 5 games and scored 6 goals, was the top scorer of the event, and won the golden boot award for the first time in Colombia.
Harry Kane – England World Cup 2018
Harry Edward Kane was the striker of the English football team in the 2018 world cup, which was hosted by Russia. In the event, he played 6 matches and scored 6 goals and lead the tournament, and won the golden boot award. He was the second player from England who won this award.
Kylian Mbappe Lottin- France- World Cup 2022
Kylian Mbappe Lottin is the Forward of the French National Football Team represent the country since 2017, played 66 games, and scored 36 goals in his career. He played 7 games in FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar and scored 8 goals including a hat-trick in the final and won the golden boot award for France. He is the top goal scorer of all time in the world cup finals.
List of Golden Boot Winners
|World Cup||Player||Country||Goal Scored||Matches Played|
|1930 Uruguay||Guillermo Stabile||Argentina||8||4|
|1934 Italy||Oldrich Nejedly||Czechoslovakia||5||4|
|1954 Switzerland||Sandor Kocsis||Hungary||11||5|
|1958 Sweden||Just Fontaine||France||13||6|
|1962 Chile||Leonel Sanchez||Chile||4||6|
|1970 Mexico||Gerd Muller||Germany||10||6|
|1974 West Germany||Grzegorz Lato||Poland||7||7|
|1978 Argentina||Mario Kempes||Argentina||6||7|
|1982 Spain||Paolo Rossi||Italy||6||7|
|1986 Mexico||Gray Lineker||England||6||5|
|1990 Italy||Salvatore Schillaci||Italy||6||7|
|1994 USA||Hristo Stoichkov||Bulgaria||6||7|
|1998 France||Davor Suker||Croatia||6||7|
|2002 South Korea & Japan||Ronaldo||Brazil||8||7|
|2006 Germany||Miroslav Klose||Germany||5||7|
|2010 South Africa||Thomas Muller||Germany||5||7|
|2014 Brazil||James Rodriguez||Colombia||6||5|
|2018 Russia||Harry Kane||England||6||6|
|2022 Qatar||Kylian Mbappe||France||8||7|
List of Countrywise golden boot winners
|Sr. No.||Country||Golden Boot Awards Wins||World Cup|
|1||Brazil||3||1938, 1950, 2002|
|2||Germany||3||1970, 2006, 2010|