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World Cup Golden Boot Winners

Check out the top-scorers for each World Cup.

World Cup Golden Boot Winners

Welcome to our World Cup Golden Boot web page the place we check out who was the highest scorer at every of the 20 World Cups there have been up up to now.

From Gerd Muller, to Eusebio, to Ronaldo, the World Cup Golden Boot award has been gained by a few of the most interesting gamers to ever play the sport. Check out all of them beneath.

Additionally be happy to click on on the nation and participant headings to take you to World Cup staff guides, participant profiles, and our World Soccer 500 lists.

With out additional ado, lets begin with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

2014 – James Rodriguez (Colombia) – 6 Targets

Rodriguez scored 3 times in the course of the group levels in opposition to Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan, earlier than then scoring twice in opposition to Uruguay. His first was a gorgeous volley from 25 yards after chesting the ball to manage it. Nonetheless, in the course of the quarter-finals in opposition to Brazil, he would rating a penalty however his facet would lose 2-1 after targets by Thiago Silva, and David Luiz.

James Rodriguez scored 6 in 2014, together with a peach in opposition to Uruguay (Getty Pictures)

2010 – Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Thomas Muller (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) – 5 Targets

All 4 of those males with their respective international locations made it to the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup with David Villa and Spain finally profitable the event in additional time in opposition to the Netherlands.

2006 – Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5 Targets

Essentially the most prolific World Cup goal-scorer ever topped the chart in 2006 with 5 targets. He scored twice in opposition to Costa Rica and Ecuador in the course of the group levels after which as soon as in opposition to Argentina in the course of the quarter-finals. Germany would come third total.

2002 – Ronaldo (Brazil) – Eight Targets

One of many most interesting strikers ever confirmed his class, and put the 1998 demons to mattress, in Japan and South Korea on the 2002 World Cup. He scored 4 occasions in the course of the group levels, after which 4 extra in the course of the knockout rounds. This included two within the remaining in opposition to Germany, and this efficiency additional cemented Ronaldo’s place as one of many all-time greats.

2002: Ronaldo scored eight for Brazil on the 2002 event (Getty Pictures)

1998 – Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6 Targets

The Croatian striker scored twice in the course of the group levels in 1998, as soon as in opposition to Jamaica, and the opposite in opposition to Japan. Then he scored as soon as in opposition to Romania, Germany, France, and at last the Netherlands within the third-place playoff sport.

1994 – Oleg Salenko (Russia), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) – 6 Targets

Salenko scored 5 targets in a single sport, a 6-1 victory over Cameroon in the course of the group levels. His facet didn’t get out of the group. Bulgaria did although, with Stoichkov scoring three in the course of the group stage, after which one every in opposition to Mexico, Germany and Italy later within the event.

1990 – Salvator Schillachi (Italy) – 6 targets

Schillachi was unknown earlier than the event, having solely began one sport for Italy. This was quickly to vary as he got here on in its place in opposition to Austria and scored the winner. He then scored in opposition to Czechoslovakia after which three extra occasions in the course of the knockout rounds to information Italy to 3rd place.

1986 – Gary Lineker (England) – 6 Targets

After a poor begin to the event, which noticed England lose to Portugal and draw with Morocco, the Lions lastly got here to life in opposition to Poland with Lineker scoring a hat-trick. In the course of the spherical of 16, he would rating two extra in opposition to Paraguay, and the as soon as in opposition to Argentina. This sport is finest remembered for the ‘Hand of God’ objective and Diego Maradona’s chic second to knock the English out.

Lineker fights for a header in opposition to Paraguay (Getty Pictures)

1982 – Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6 Targets

Italy struggled in the course of the first group stage of the 1982 event with three attracts in opposition to Poland, Peru and Cameroon. They got here alive within the second spherical although, as did Rossi, scoring a hat-trick in opposition to Brazil. He would then rating twice in opposition to Poland within the semi-final, after which as soon as within the remaining in opposition to Germany.

1978 – Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6 Targets

Surprisingly, Kempes didn’t rating in the course of the first spherical group stage in 1978. However from then on, he would rating two targets in opposition to Poland, Peru, after which two extra within the remaining in opposition to the Netherlands.

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1974 – Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 7 Targets

Poland got here third in 1974, and that’s largely due to Lato, who turned a goal-scoring machine in the course of the event. He scored twice in opposition to Argentina, after which Haiti, earlier than scoring targets in opposition to Sweden, Yugoslavia and at last Brazil.

1970 – Gerd Muller (Germany) – 10 Targets

Arguably Germany‘s most interesting participant ever, Muller was at his finest in 1970. He began off by scoring a objective in opposition to Morocco to make sure a German victory, after which proceeded to hit two hat-tricks in a row in opposition to Bulgaria and Peru. He would rating one other decisive objective in opposition to England, after which two extra in a Four-Three loss to Italy.

Gerd Muller scoring the equaliser in opposition to Italy. They might lose Four-Three (Getty Pictures)

1966 – Eusebio (Portugal) – 9 Targets

In the course of the group stage, the Portuguese winger scored three, together with two in opposition to Brazil to knock them out of the event. 4 extra adopted in opposition to North Korea, and the one every in opposition to England and the Soviet Union. Portugal would come third.

1962 – Florian Albert (Hungary), Garrincha (Brazil), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Leonel Sanchez (Chile), Vava (Brazil) – Four Targets

By way of goalscoring numbers, nobody participant actually differentiated themselves in 1962, with six gamers scoring 4 targets every. Apparently, Garrincha and Vava didn’t rating any in the course of the group levels, as an alternative all of theirs got here in the course of the quarters, semis, and remaining.

1958 – Simply Fontaine (France) – 13 Targets

In sole possession of the report for many targets scored at a single World Cup, Fontaine was a genius on the 1958 event. A hat-trick of their opening sport, adopted by two in opposition to Yugoslavia, and one in opposition to Scotland, helped France prime their group. Two extra adopted in opposition to Northern Eire, one in opposition to a ridiculous Brazil facet, after which 4 within the third place playoff sport in opposition to Germany.

Simply Fontaine scoring in opposition to Brazil. They might lose 5-2 after a Pele hat-trick (Getty Pictures)

1954 – Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11 Targets

Chocks helped information Hungary to a runners-up end in 1954. He scored a hat-trick in opposition to South Korea, after which 4 in an Eight-Three victory in opposition to West Germany. He then scored twice in opposition to Brazil, and twice once more in opposition to Uruguay. He failed to attain within the remaining.

1950 – Ademir (Brazil) – Eight Targets

In the course of the group stage, Ademir scored 4 occasions to assist them prime their group. 4 extra adopted in opposition to Sweden, after which as soon as extra in opposition to Spain in a 6-1 win. Shockingly, Brazil didn’t win the event after dropping 2-1 to Uruguay in entrance of almost 200,00zero individuals.

1938 – Leonidas (Brazil) – 7 Targets

Leonidas began the event scoring three targets in a 6-5 victory in opposition to Poland. He scored within the first sport in opposition to Czechoslovakia, after which once more in the course of the replay. He lastly scored two in opposition to Sweden to safe a 3rd place for Brazil.

1934 – Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia) – 5 Targets 

Nejedly scored as soon as in opposition to Romania and Switzerland to get into the semi-finals. A hat-trick adopted in opposition to Germany, however he couldn’t rating within the remaining which meant Czechoslovakia needed to be content material with a runners-up end.

1930 – Guillermo Stabile (Argentina) – Eight Targets

Within the first World Cup, Guillermo Stabile was the highest scorer, beginning off with a hat-trick in opposition to Mexico, after which two in opposition to Chile three days later. Within the semi-final in opposition to the USA he scored two extra, after which scored one within the remaining in opposition to Uruguay. It wasn’t sufficient nonetheless, with Argentina dropping Four-2.

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