FIFA World Cup 2018 comes to an end today, Sunday 15th July 2018. France will face Croatia in the final. Belgium thrashed England 2-0 to finish third. The Golden Boot is also up for grabs but Harry Kane is leading with 6 goals. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann need to score a hat-trick today to stop the Tottenham striker from lifting the Golden Shoe. Today, we want to take a look at five stars who lifted World Cup Golden Boot since 1998.
Harry Kane now leads the race for the Golden Boot with 6 goals. Only once in the last 10 FIFA #WorldCup tournaments has a player scored more (Ronaldo with 8 goals for Brazil in 2002). pic.twitter.com/aoDlvZLYKd
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5. Thomas Muller- 5 Goals (2010)
Winners are in!
Thomas Muller (Golden Boot)
Diego Forlan (Golden Ball)
Iker Casillas (Golden Glove)
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Germany arrived in Russia as one of the favorites to lift the trophy. The story changed when they lost their opening match against Mexico. The Coach said his side will not go out in the group stages like Italy (2010) or France (2002). The fans started to believe when his side won the second game against Sweden. However, some silly mistakes in the final game against South Korea lead to a 2-0 embarrassing defeat. They were not only kicked out in the group stages but they also left the tournament bottom of the group.
Thomas Muller will say Russia did not happen for them but in 2010 he was scoring goals for fun. The Bayern Munich star was 20-year-old then but that did not stop him from finding the net 5 times to lift the Golden Boot in South Africa.
4. Miroslav Klose- 5 Goals (2006)
Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006 but they could only manage to reach the semi-finals. Italy defeated France to lift the title in post-match penalties. Football fans remember Zidane headbutt more than Fabio Cannavaro greatest moment.
The trophy went with the Azzurri but the Golden Boot was going nowhere. Miroslav Klose netted 5 goals to make sure the best scorer award remained in Germany. He went on to beat Ronaldo de Lima in 2014 to become World Cup best scorer of all-time with 16 goals.
3. James Rodriguez- 6 Goals (2014)
Colombia was knocked out of 2018 World Cup by England after losing 4-3 in post-match penalties. This was a step back for the South Americans because they reached the quarterfinals in 2014 finals held in Brazil. The difference this time around was the absence of key star James Rodriguez who never really got going because of injuries. The Bayern Munich star netted 6 goals in the last tournament to win the Golden Boot. He scored a beautiful goal against Uruguay to win Puskas Award for the best goal that year.