World Cup 2022 top scorers: Ramos hat-trick as Portugal thump Switzerland
Goncalo Ramos scored a spectacular hat-trick as Portugal routed Switzerland 6-1 on Tuesday.
The Benfica youngster was a surprise inclusion at Cristiano Ronaldo's expense, but seized his chance, become the third-youngest player after Pele and Edmund Conen to score a World Cup hat-trick in the knock-out rounds.
Morocco beat Spain on penalties after a goalless draw earlier in the day.
Richarlison produced more magic for Brazil to get his third goal of the 2022 World Cup on Monday and send them through to the quarter-finals.
Neymar, Vinicius Junior and Lucas Paqueta also got their first goals of the tournament, as did Paik Seung-Ho as Brazil beat South Korea 4-1.
Elsewhere, Croatia progressed on penalties against Japan, with Ivan Perisic equalising after Daizen Maeda opened the scoring.
Kylian Mbappe is now the outright top scorer of the 2022 World Cup after a sensational performance against Poland.
Mbappe scored two and made one as France beat Poland 3-1 in the last-16 on Sunday.
The PSG star's two brilliant goals mean he now has five goals in Qatar ahead of Saturday's massive quarter-final collision vs England.
Bukayo Saka moved into joint-second in the goal standings with his third strike of the tournament for England against Senegal.
England defeated Senegal 3-0 in the last-16 on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane grabbing their first goals of the tournament.
Lionel Messi is also on three goals in the race for the Golden Boot. The Argentine scored in a 2-1 win on Saturday against Australia.
The other players in Qatar who are on three World Cup goals are Alvaro Morata (Spain), Marcus Rashford (England), Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) and Enner Valencia (Ecuador). Of these players, only Valencia has been eliminated from the competition.
There are a host of players on two goals including Portugal's Bruno Fernandes, German's Niclas Fullkrug, Japan's Ritsu Doan, Ghana's Mohamed Kudus, South Korea's Cho Gue-sung, Spain's Ferran Torres, France's Olivier Giroud, England's Bukayo Saka, Croatia's Andrej Kramaric, Iran's Mehdi Taremi and Saudi Arabia's Salem Al Dawsari.
Who is leading the World Cup Golden Boot race in 2022?
The latest Golden Boot standings in Qatar are as follows:
Most goals in World Cup 2022
|Giorgian de Arrascaeta||Uruguay||2|
|Cho Gue-sung||South Korea||2|
|Salem Al Dawsari||Saudi Arabia||2|
|Hwang Hee-chan||South Korea||1|
|Kim Young-gwon||South Korea||1|
|Paik Seung-Ho||South Korea||1|
|Frenkie de Jong||Netherlands||1|
|Saleh Al-Shehri||Saudi Arabia||1|
|Eric Maxim Chupo-Moting||Cameroon||1|
|Keysher Fuller||Costa Rica||1|
The 2022 World Cup Golden Boot is set to be fiercely contested, with a host of top-class players in the running to finish top scorer.
England’s Harry Kane went into the World Cup as favourite to win the Golden Boot.
The Spurs striker finished top scorer at Russia 2018, finding the back of the net six times as England reached the semi-finals.
France won the 2018 World Cup, partly thanks to the brilliance of Mbappe. The PSG superstar went in as second favourite to become top-scorer in Qatar.
Karim Benzema was third favourite to win the Golden Boot but was ruled out of the tournament with injury just days before it got underway.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both playing in their fifth World Cups, and will be looking to crown their legendary careers by not only winning the tournament but by also claiming the Golden Boot.
Other players to keep an eye on are Brazil’s Neymar, Holland’s Memphis Depay, Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski.
Or could there be a surprise winner? In the past, we have seen a number of unheralded stars suddenly break out to finish top scorer in the World Cup. Good examples of this are Salvatore Schillaci for Italy in 1990, Oleg Salenko in 1994 (shared with Hristo Stoichkov), Thomas Muller in 2010 and even James Rodriguez in 2014.
This could open the door for a lesser-known player or even someone from a smaller nation who perhaps are not expected to win the World Cup.
World Cup Golden Boot Winners
|1930||Guillermo Stabile (Argentina)||8|
|1934||Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia)||5|
|1954||Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)||11|
|1958||Just Fontaine (France)||13|
|1970||Gerd Muller (West Germany)||10|
|1974||Grzegorz Lato (Poland)||7|
|1978||Mario Kempes (Argentina)||6|
|1982||Paolo Rossi (Italy)||6|
|1986||Gary Lineker (England)||6|
|1990||Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)||6|
|1994||Oleg Salenko (Russia) & Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)||6|
|1998||Davor Suker (Croatia)||6|
|2006||Miroslav Klose (Germany)||5|
|2010||Thomas Muller (Germany)||5|
|2014||James Rodriguez (Colombia)||6|
|2018||Harry Kane (England)||6|
*The six players who all top-scored with four goals in 1962 were Florian Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (USSR), Vava and Garrincha (Brazil), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia) and Leonel Sanchez (Chile).
He is followed by Brazil legend Ronaldo with 15 goals, Gerd Muller with 14, Just Fontaine with 13 and Pele with 12.
That record is unlikely to be challenged in this World Cup.
What are the World Cup Golden Boot tiebreaker rules?
If two or more players finish level on goals at the top of the standings, the Golden Boot goes to the player with the most assists.