World Cup 2022 most assists: Kane leads with three!
England star Harry Kane has the most assists in the 2022 World Cup so far.
Kane set Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford up for a goal each as the Three Lions opened their campaign with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, and after a disappointing goalless draw with the USA, he bounced back with another assist as Gareth Southgate's side beat Wales 3-0 on Tuesday.
There are a group of players on two assists each. These are Holland's Davy Klaassen, France left-back Theo Hernandez, Portugal's Bruno Fernandes, Spain's Jordi Alba, Croatia's Ivan Perisic and Serbia's Andrija Zivkovic.
On Wednesday, Australia stunned Denmark 1-0 to qualify for the last-16, with Riley McGree setting up Mathew Leckie for the winner.
Tunisia earned a prestigious 1-0 win over already qualified France, with Aissa Laidouni assisting Wahbi Khazri. It wasn't enough to go through, though.
Most assists in World Cup 2022
|Lee Kang-In||South Korea||1|
|Kim Jin-Su||South Korea||1|
|Angel Di Maria||Argentina||1|
|Frenkie de Jong||Netherlands||1|
|Feras Albrikan||Saudi Arabia||1|
|Yeltsin Tejeda||Costa Rica||1|
Cristiano Ronaldo has no assists in the 2022 World Cup so far. His great rival Messi has one assist in Qatar.
The battle to end the 2022 World Cup with the most assists in the competition is expected to be a fierce one.
And for everyone who plays World Cup Fantasy Football, assists are hugely important in scoring points.
In the 2018 World Cup, an incredible 16 players were tied for most assists after registering two each. Those players were: Lionel Messi, Ever Banega, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Philippe Coutinho, Juan Fernando Quintero, James Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Artem Dzyuba, Aleksandr Golovin, Viktor Claesson, Wahbi Khazri, and Carlos Sanchez.
Messi’s two assists in the 2018 tournament moved him onto five assists in World Cup history, just three behind Diego Maradona, who currently holds the record for the most assists in the World Cup with eight.
Pierre Littbarski and Grzegorz Lato are tied for the title of the joint-second highest assist-maker in World Cup history with seven. David Beckham, Francesco Totti and Pele are among the players with six assists in the World Cup.
Messi and De Bruyne both topped the standings during the 2018 Russia World Cup and are expected to be dangerous again in Qatar too.
Messi’s club team-mate Neymar could also feature prominently after an impressive start to the 2022/23 season combined with Brazil’s form on the international stage.
France star Ousmane Dembele may also be a prominent assist maker if he can translate his club form to the World Cup stage.
Colombia and Juventus star Juan Cuadrado may have been a surprise inclusion near the top of the assist charts if his nation had qualified. He has five assists to his name in World Cup history after a stellar 2014 tournament in which he was the joint-top assist maker with Germany’s Toni Kroos on four assists.
However, he won't have the chance to improve his tally, but the likes of Jamal Musiala, Mason Mount and Phil Foden will be competing in their first World Cup, and hence will be looking to make their mark, which could see them near the top of the assist standings.
World Cup Golden Boot tiebreak
But if two players end the World Cup with the same number of goals, then the player who has the most number of assists will win the Golden Boot.
If the players have the same number of goals and assists, then the next tiebreaker is minutes per goal.