World Cup 2022 top scorers: Ramos hat-trick as Portugal thump Switzerland

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  • FT Desk
  • Updated: 6 Dec 2022 21:44 GMT
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FT Desk Updated: 6 Dec 2022 21:44 GMT 8 min read
Ramos, Portugal, WK 2022

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.

Mbappe was on fire against Poland

Mbappe was on fire against Poland

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.

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The latest Golden Boot standings in Qatar are as follows:

Most goals in World Cup 2022

PlayerNationGoals
Kylian MbappeFrance5
Goncalo RamosPortugal3
Lionel MessiArgentina3
Alvaro MorataSpain3
Marcus RashfordEngland3
Bukayo SakaEngland3
Enner ValenciaEcuador3
RicharlisonBrazil3
Cody GakpoNetherlands3
Rafael LeaoPortugal2
Julian AlvarezArgentina2
Breel EmboloSwitzerland2
Vincent AboubakarCameroon2
Aleksandar MitrovicSerbia2
Giorgian de ArrascaetaUruguay2
Olivier GiroudFrance2
Ritsu DoanJapan2
Ferran TorresSpain2
Niclas FullkrugGermany2
Mehdi TaremiIran2
Andrej KramaricCroatia2
Mohammed KudusGhana2
Cho Gue-sungSouth Korea2
Salem Al DawsariSaudi Arabia2
PepePortugal1
Raphael GuerreiroPortugal1
Memphis DepayNetherlands1
Daley BlindNetherlands1
Denzel DumfriesNetherlands1
Haji WrightUSA1
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland1
Remo FreulerSwitzerland1
Hwang Hee-chanSouth Korea1
Kim Young-gwonSouth Korea1
NeymarBrazil1
Lucas PaquetaBrazil1
Vinicius JrBrazil1
Dusan VlahovicSerbia1
Ricardo HortaPortugal1
Phil FodenEngland1
Harry KaneEngland1
Jordan HendersonEngland1
Daizen MaedaJapan1
Paik Seung-HoSouth Korea1
Ivan PerisicCroatia1
Robert LewandowskiPoland1
Piotr ZielinskiPoland1
Mitchell DukeAustralia1
Mathew LeckieAustralia1
Dani OlmoSpain1
Marco AsensioSpain1
GaviSpain1
Carlos SolerSpain1
Alexis MacAllisterArgentina1
Enzo FernandezArgentina1
Michy BatshuayiBelgium1
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal1
CasemiroBrazil1
Joao FelixPortugal1
Ao TanakaJapan1
Andre AyewGhana1
Osman BukariGhana1
Adrien RabiotFrance1
Craig GoodwinAustralia1
Gareth BaleWales1
Timothy WeahUSA1
Davy KlaassenNetherlands1
Serge GnabryGermany1
Frenkie de JongNetherlands1
Jude BellinghamEngland1
Raheem SterlingEngland1
Jack GrealishEngland1
Christian PulisicUSA1
Moises CaicedoEcuador1
Saleh Al-ShehriSaudi Arabia1
Ilkay GundoganGermany1
Rouzbeh CheshmiIran1
Ramin RezaeianIran1
Boulaye DiaSenegal1
Famara DiedhouSenegal1
Ismaila SarrSenegal1
Kalidou KoulibalySenegal1
Mohamed SalisuGhana1
Sergej Milinkovic-SavicSerbia1
Strahinja PavlovicSerbia1
Eric Maxim Chupo-MotingCameroon1
Jean-Charles CastellettoCameroon1
Bamba DiengSenegal1
Mohammed MuntariQatar1
Takuma AsanoJapan1
Romain SaissMorocco1
Zakaria AboukhlalMorocco1
Hakim ZiyechMorocco1
Youssef En-NesyriMorocco1
Lovro MajerCroatia1
Marko LivajaCroatia1
Alphonso DaviesCanada1
Keysher FullerCosta Rica1
Wahbi KhazriTunisia1
Henry MartinMexico1
Luis ChavezMexico1
Enner Valencia slotting home the first goal of the tournament

Enner Valencia slotting home the first goal of the tournament

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.

Can Mbappe lead France to glory again?

Can Mbappe lead France to glory again?

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

TournamentPlayerGoals
1930Guillermo Stabile (Argentina)8
1934Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia)5
1938Leonidas (Brazil)7
1950Ademir (Brazil)8
1954Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)11
1958Just Fontaine (France)13
1962Six players*4
1966Eusebio (Portugal)9
1970Gerd Muller (West Germany)10
1974Grzegorz Lato (Poland)7
1978Mario Kempes (Argentina)6
1982Paolo Rossi (Italy)6
1986Gary Lineker (England)6
1990Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)6
1994Oleg Salenko (Russia) & Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)6
1998Davor Suker (Croatia)6
2002Ronaldo (Brazil)8
2006Miroslav Klose (Germany)5
2010Thomas Muller (Germany)5
2014James Rodriguez (Colombia)6
2018Harry 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).

Germany legend Miroslav Klose is the World Cup all-time top scorer with 16 goals.

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.

We have all the latest standings for top assists at the 2022 World Cup and you can check them out by clicking here.