POLL: Who will win the Golden Boot at the World Cup?
(from left) Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa and Denis Cheryshev.
While the jostle for places in the second round of the World Cup becomes more intense with the final games of the group stage this week, another race is heating up – the one for the Golden Boot, awarded to the tournament's top scorer.
England’s Harry Kane now has a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup, one more than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku. Russia’s Denis Cheryshev and Spain’s Diego Costa each have three, with all except Cheryshev having one game remaining in the group stage.
But it’s far too early to call this race for the Englishman.
Barring an upset that will see either Spain or Portugal missing out on the knockout round, all of the aforementioned players are expected to play in the next stage with a chance to add to their tally.
And there are a number of high quality players such as Brazil’s Neymar and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who started slow, but are on teams expected to advance deep into the tournament, and could easily make a late challenge for the Golden Boot.
Also, while it’s not looking good now, don’t count out the little maestro, Lionel Messi of Argentina, who we know is well capable of producing magic.
With that said, take a look at the bracket for the knockout stage and tell us who you think will take home the coveted award for the top striker at the 'Greatest Show on Earth'.