The World Cup Golden Boot award is one of the awards been presented to players at the end of every world cup apart from world cup golden boot awards other FIFA World cup awards include, the World Cup Golden Glove, Word Cup Golden Ball, and World Cup’s Best Young Player. The world cup Golden Boot award is awarded given to a player who scored the most number of goals during the tournament. It was sometimes called the golden shoes; it was first awarded in 1982 even though the first world cup was first held in the year 1930 in Uruguay.
If by any chance players tie on goal count, FIFA goes ahead to count the number of assists made by each player. If they still tie on “Assists”, the total time played by the players will be considered, giving the award to the player who has the least playtime in the tournament expressed in minutes.
However, World Cup top scorers of the year 1930 through 1978 are stilled listed among world cup Golden Boot award Winners by FIFA even though they did not receive the award. From 1982 to 2010, the award was often referred to as the Golden Shoe award but as from the 2010 World Cup, the award was renamed to World Cup Golden Boot. Below is the list of world cup Golden Boot Award winners from 1930 till date.
FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Award Winners from 1930 Till Date
- 1930 World Cup Held in Uruguay – (Guillermo Stabile, Argentina)
Guillermo Stabile scored a total of 8 goals in 1930 world cup, making him the top scorer of the first World Cup tournament.
- 1934 World Cup Held in Italy – (Oldrich Nejedly)
Oldrich Nejedly scored a total of 5 goals in 1934 world cup.
- 1938 World Cup Held in France – Leonadis (Brazil)
Leonadis scored 7 goals to win the top scorer title.
- 1950 World Cup Held in Brazil – Ademir (Brazil)
Ademir topped the scoreboard with a total of 8 goals to win the title at home.
- 1954 World Cup Held in Switzerland – Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)
Sandor scored a total of 11 goals to make him the top scorer of the 1954 World Cup tournament.
- 1958 World Cup Held in Sweden – Just Fontaine (France)
Just Fontaine scored a total of 13 goals, making him the player with the highest number of goals in a single World Cup tournament.
- 1962 World Cup Held in Chile – Flórián Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Garrincha (Brazil), Vavá (Brazil), Draơn Jerković (Yugoslavia) and Leonel Sánchez (Chile)
All these six players tied at 4 goals each, making them the top scorers of the 1962 World Cup tournament.
- 1966 World Cup Held in England – Eusebio (Portugal)
Eusebio scored 9 goals in the tournament making him finish top on the scoreboard.
- 1970 World Cup Held in Mexico – Gerd Muller (Germany)
Gerd Muller scored an overwhelming 10 goals to emerge as the top scorer of the tournament.
- 1974 World Cup Held in West Germany – Grzegorz Lato (Poland)
Grzegorz Lato scored 7 goals in total making him the top scorer of the tournament.
- 1978 World Cup Held in Argentina – Mario Kempes (Argentina)
Mario Kempes scored a total of 6 goals to make him the top scorer of the tournament enjoying the title on his home soil. No award was given though since FIFA had not yet initiated the prize for the World Cup’s top scorer.
- 1982 World Cup Held in Spain – Paolo Rossi (Italy)
Paolo Rossi scored 6 goals to win the prize.
- 1986 World Cup Held in Mexico – Gary Lineker (England)
Gary Lineker won the prize having scored a total of 6 goals to make him the first England international player to win the trophy.
- 1990 World Cup Held in Italy – Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
Salvatore Schillaci scored a total of 6 goals to win the top scorer.
- 1994 World Cup Held in USA – Oleg Salenko (Russia) and Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
Each of these players received a golden shoe prize having tied on the number of goals scored. The assist and time played tiebreaker system had not been initiated.
- 1998 World Cup Held in France – Davor Suker (Croatia)
Davor scored a total of 6 goals to win the prize.
- 2002 World Cup Held Korea Japan – Ronaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldo scored a total of 8 goals during the tournament making him the outright winner of the prize.
- 2006 World Cup Held in Germany – Miroslav Klose (Germany)
Miroslav Klose scored a total of 5 goals to win the title on his home soil.
- 2010 World Cup Held in South Africa – Thomas Muller (Germany)
Thomas Muller scored a total of 5 goals, with three assists that made him the favorite top scorer over Wesley Sneijder, David Villa, and Diego Forlan, all having scored 5 goals each.
- 2014 World Cup Held in Brazil – James Rodriguez (Colombia)
James Rodriguez scored a total of 6 goals to make him the outright winner of the 2014 world cup Golden Boot Award winner
- 2018 world cup Held in Russia – Harry Kane (England)
Harry Kane scored a total of 6 goals in 2018 world cup making him the top scorer of the Tournament to win the world cup golden boot award.
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