England’s Harry Kane – Golden Boot Winner
The Golden Boot has always been one of the awards that have been sidelined in the past tournaments, to awards such as the Golden Ball and the Golden Glove.
However, this time around the race to win the Golden Boot was an excruciating one with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane coming close to each other on the top of the list amongst the other contenders.
Six goals to his name, England’s Harry Kane walked home with the Golden Boot, with only Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku narrowly short of the target set by the English striker.
Despite Kane failing to score in the 3rd playoff game between the two side, with six goals he has been hands down the winner of the coveted trophy.
That total puts him two ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, and Denis Cheryshev. French strikers Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe both scored goals in the finals, to add to their tally of four goals in the tournament.
Harry Kane equaled the record set by Gary Lineker:
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By doing so, the Tottenham Hotspur man equaled the record set by Gary Lineker who scored the same amount of goals in the 1986 tournament. Linekar is the only English player to have won the trophy and did it in the losing cause with England’s World Cup loss against Argentina in 1986.
Kane’s tally of 5 goals came in the group stage, with the striker netting twice in the opening encounter of the World Cup while adding a hattrick in the game against Panama later in the group stage.
Further, the Tottenham striker netted against Columbia in the knock-out stages of the tournament.
Speaking after the defeat against Belgium, the Tottenham striker said: “It shows we had a very good group stage, scored a lot of goals. “I’m disappointed I couldn’t get a goal in the last few games. We will see tomorrow. If I do it it’ll be something I’m very proud of.”
The striker netted thrice from the spot, with his other three-goals coming in as a right-footed finish, a header and flick off in the game against Panama.