The Golden Boot for the 2018 World Cup will, as tradition dictates, be awarded to the top scorer in the tournament. But can it be Romelu Lukaku, questions the Telegraph.
Lukaku face off the current top scorer Harry Kane in Saturday’s third-place playoff.
An unquestionable sign of world-class quality and international prestige, there are few better indicators of greatness than when a player manages to score more goals than anyone else at the world’s greatest sporting event.
With Eusebio, Garrincha and the original Ronaldo among its previous winners, the Golden Boot has kept company with some of the best footballers of all time, and it’s England’s Kane that currently leads the way at the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Six-goal Kane has proven himself priceless, scoring in almost all of his games during the tournament, demonstrating killer instinct and nerves of steel on his country’s path to the semi-finals. Belgium’s Lukaku, currently in second place alongside Russia’s Denis Cheryshev, has done his best to keep pace with Kane by scoring four goals of his own. French sensation Kylian Mbappe also lurks behind on three, alongside Russia’s Artem Dzyuba, and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani.
Lukaku failed to score during his team’s defeat to France in the semi-final on Tuesday, while Mbappe also didn’t make it on to the scoresheet in the same game.
Kane’s current tally of six would have been enough to win it in nine of the past 10 World Cups, and Kane has already equalled compatriot Gary Lineker’s tally from 1986. However, he’s a long way off the record set by France’s Just Fontaine in 1958, who managed an astonishing 13 goals.