World Cup 2022 most assists: Kane leads with three!

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • 30 Nov 2022 17:12 GMT
  • 6 min read
FT Desk 30 Nov 2022 17:12 GMT 6 min read
Harry Kane for England at the World Cup

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.

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Most assists in World Cup 2022

PlayerNationAssists
Harry KaneEngland3
Theo HernandezFrance2
Ivan PerisicCroatia2
Andrija ZivkovicSerbia2
Bruno FernandesPortugal2
Jordi AlbaSpain2
Davy KlaassenNetherlands2
Kalvin PhillipsEngland1
Sergino DestUSA1
Robert LewandowskiPoland1
Kylian MbappeFrance1
Ousmane DembeleFrance1
Antoine GriezmannFrance1
Adrien RabiotFrance1
Joachim AndersenDenmark1
Lee Kang-InSouth Korea1
Kim Jin-SuSouth Korea1
Jordan AyewGhana1
Inaki WilliamsGhana1
Vincent AboubakarCameroon1
Jean-Charles CastellettoCameroon1
Dusan TadicSerbia1
Mathew LeckieAustralia1
Riley McGreeAustralia1
Angel Di MariaArgentina1
Lionel MessiArgentina1
Raphael GuerreiroPortugal1
Raheem SterlingEngland1
Callum WilsonEngland1
Ali GholizadehIran1
Harry MaguireEngland1
Frenkie de JongNetherlands1
Angelo PreciadoEcuador1
Felix TorresEcuador1
Christian PulisicUSA1
Luke ShawEngland1
Feras AlbrikanSaudi Arabia1
Ko ItakuraJapan1
Alvaro MorataSpain1
Dani OlmoSpain1
Vinicius JrBrazil1
RodrygoBrazil1
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland1
Mehdi TaremiIran1
Ismail JakobsSenegal1
Illiman NdiayeSenegal1
Ismaeel MohammedQatar1
Toby AlderweireldBelgium1
Yeltsin TejedaCosta Rica1
Jamal MusialaGermany1
Mislav OrsicCroatia1
Josip JuranovicCroatia1
Hakim ZiyechMorocco1
Abdelhamid SabiriMorocco1
Tajon BuchananCanada1
Aissa LaidouniTunisia1

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.

Lionel Messi for Argentina

Lionel Messi for Argentina

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

The World Cup Golden Boot is awarded to the player with the most goals at Qatar 2022.

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.