The race for the Golden Boot gets interesting with almost every game.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is up and running. Teams are contesting each other for a place in the knockouts. The race for the World Cup 2022 Golden boot has also begun. Although the tournament is still in its initial phase, some players have already scored more than one goal. The highest goalscorers in the FIFA World Cup 2022 chart keep changing almost daily.
Let’s look at the updated highest goalscorers list in the FIFA World Cup 2022 so far.
Vincent Aboubakar (2 goals)
Aboubakar is another star to emerge from this World Cup in Qatar. Although 30, he has shone with his goals at the biggest stage. The Al Nassr striker helped Cameroon register their first point in this edition of the World Cup with a goal and assist in the 3-3 draw against Serbia.
The 30-year-old then scored the winner against Brazil, helping Cameroon script history. Courtesy of his goal, Cameroon became the only African nation to beat Brazil at the World Cup. His goals at World Cup 2022 will be down as iconic goals.
Ritsu Doan (2 goals)
Ritsu Doan is proving to be a super-sub at the World Cup. In Japan’s opening match in Group E, he came off the bench to help Japan equalise against Germany and pave the way for a miraculous 2-1 win. Doan then followed it with another super-sub performance against Spain.
Once again, he came off the bench and pulled his side back into the clash with a timely goal before playing the pre-assist for the winner. His performances helped Japan top the group ahead of the more-fancied Spain and Germany.
Breel Embolo (2 goals)
Embolo scored Switzerland’s only goal in their win over Cameroon in the opening match of Group G. The Monaco strike also found the net in the Swiss’ 3-2 win over Serbia that helped them advance into the World Cup knockout stages. He scored Switzerland’s second goal in this game helping his side level the scores after Serbia had comeback from behind to take the lead.
Andrej Kramaric (2 goals)
Kramaric scored both goals in Croatia’s 4-1 win over Canada in their second Group Stage match. His first levelled the scores for Croatia after Alphonso Davies had put Canada ahead. The Hoffenheim striker then scored his side’s third goal adding to his tally.
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Bruno Fernandes (2 goals)
Bruno opened his scoring tally in the match against Uruguay in which he scored a brace. He scored a cross-turned goal and a penalty in the extra time to send Portugal to the round of 16 of this World cup. Bruno has proved himself as a provider as well as a scorer and as a penalty expert on various occasions.
Cho Gue-Sung (2)
The South Korea striker scored both of his goals in a 3-2 defeat against Ghana. Cho scored two goals in the space of three minutes to level the scores for his side, but South Korea eventually went on to lose the match.
Ferran Torres (2 goals)
The Spanish forward scored his two goals in the victory over Costa Rica. Spain scored seven times against the Central American opponent and Ferran found the net twice, one from a penalty. The Barcelona man is quick and can help when needed.
Richarlison (3 goals)
The 25 years old Brazilian international has scored two goals so far. Both goals came against Serbia, one of them being a beautiful acrobatic goal. Richarlison gave Brazil the start they were expecting. He continued his form against South Korea scoring once against the Asian giants in the last 16 stage.
Marcus Rashford (3 goals)
Rashford started the tournament with a goal from the bench in England’s massive 6-0 win over Iran in the group opener. He then scored a brace in England’s final group game against Wales to finish the group stages with three goals. making him one of the joint-highest goalscorers in FIFA World Cup 2022.
Goncalo Ramos (3 goals)
The 21-year-old Benfica striker scripted history with a World Cup hat-trick in his first-ever World Cup start for Portugal. Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s starting XI in their Round of 16 clash against Switzerland, Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick. It was the first treble of the FIFA World Cup 2022. His hat-trick against Switzerland also made Ramos the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to score a treble in the World Cup knockout stages.
Enner Valencia (3 goals)
The Ecuadorian international found the net three times in FIFA World Cup 2022. He scored two goals against the host nation Qatar in the opening match of the tournament and then followed it with a goal against the Netherlands to draw the match. Unfortunately for Valencia, Ecuador bowed out of the World Cup from the group stages with a 1-2 defeat to Senegal in their final group game.
Cody Gakpo (3 goals)
The left winger is in fantastic form in this tournament. He has scored in each of the three group-stage matches against Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar. With Memphis Depay still not fully fit to start, Cody Gakpo has emerged as a viable option.
Bukayo Saka (3 goals)
The rising star of England scored two goals against Iran in their opening match in the World cup 2022. They destroyed Iran with six goals to two. The Arsenal star is a great asset for the English in this World cup and hopefully we will get to witness more of him. Saka scored his 3rd goal of the tournament in round of 16 clash against Senegal.
Alvaro Morata (3 goals)
Spain striker Alvaro Morata is turning out to be a fine super-sub for Luis Enrique’s Spain at the World Cup. Morata opened his scoring tally after coming off of the bench in a mammoth 7-0 win over Costa Rica. The Atletico Madrid striker then put Spain ahead, once again from the bench, against Germany in a 1-1 draw. He also scored the opening goal in Spain’s match against Japan in their final group-stage game in Qatar, making him only the second player to score in three consecutive group matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Julian Alvarez (4 goals)
The Manchester City forward scored a brace against Croatia in the semifinals. Alvarez is now for the run for the golden boot alongside his fellow teammate and captain Lionel Messi.
Oliver Giroud (4 goals)
Giroud is the main striker for France as Karim Benzema is ruled out due to an injury from the World cup. Giroud scored twice in the French thrashing of Australia in their first group-stage match. With Giroud in the centre of attack and with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to support him, France are the favourites to defend their title. He also scored against Poland and England in the knockout stages to take France into the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi (7 goals)
Messi is looking to lift the trophy this year and is in amazing form this season both for the club and country. He has scored in both matches, a penalty against Saudi Arabia and a long-range shot against Mexico. Argentina lost their first game against Saudi Arabia and a win against Mexico was a must. Messi again stood up to the moment and delivered when Argentina wanted it the most.
He then put Argentina ahead against Australia in the Round OF 16 on his landmark day. On a day Messi played his 1000th competitive senior match, he overtook Diego Maradona’s World Cup goals tally with his ninth strike in tournament history. This was also his maiden World Cup goal in the knockout stages of the tournament. His fourth goal of the tournament came against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. The former Barcelona star scored a brace against France in the final.
Kylian Mbappe (8 goals)
The French international is a goal machine. Having dominated the Ligue 1, the striker now has his eyes on the FIFA World cup golden boot in Qatar. Mbappe has scored five goals in three matches. He scored a goal against Australia, a brace against Denmark in the group stage and another brace against Poland in the round of 16 match. PSG star man scored a hattrick against Argentina in the final match.
** Article last updated on December 18, 2022.