The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off on Thursday after much excitement and anticipation for several weeks leading up to it. Fans across the globe cannot wait to see their country in action this summer with the likes of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and France being the favourites. Aside from the team effort, certain individuals will be looking to shine in this tournament and will be battling to win the Golden Boot, or in more simple terms, to be top scorer.
There will be some big names at the World Cup, the same as there always is in every major tournament. Also, in big tournaments like these, there will quite often be a surprise package both in terms of teams and individual players. For example, Bayern Munich and Colombian midfielder, James Rodriguez burst onto the scene in the 2014 World Cup and made a name for himself before earning a big-money transfer to Real Madrid. Incidentally, Rodriguez actually won the top scorer award that year, netting six times, despite Colombia being knocked out in the quarter-finals by Brazil.
Some likely candidates to win the top scorer award this year and Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, some others who may break into this category could be Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Luis Suarez who all been contributing goals for their country in the qualifiers. Focusing on the first four mentioned; below is a breakdown of each player.
At the age of 26, Neymar has already netted fifty-five times for Brazil and is tipped to become the country’s all-time leading goalscorer which is currently held by the legend, Pele. Neymar is part of a strong and attacking Brazil side who are undoubtedly one of the favourites.
Griezmann is a prolific goalscorer for club and country and is leading France’s line at this tournament. He shone in Euro 2016, finishing as top scorer with six and he will be looking to carry on adding to his tally to fire France to World Cup glory.
One of the greatest players of all time, Messi is in his own bracket in terms of ability and goal-scoring (his record speaks for itself). He is Argentina’s most important player and he was a key part of their 2014 World Cup campaign, where they agonisinly finished as runner-up.
Like Messi, Ronaldo is one of the best of all time. Also, like Messi, he is a talisman for his club and country and has an unbelievable scoring record. He fired Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and the outright top appearance holder and scorer for his country.