How much did each country earn in Qatar?

The 2022 FIFA World Cup features 32 nations competing in the biggest soccer event in Qatar, the first World Cup ever held in the Middle East. This year is the final edition of the tournament with a field of 32 nations – the number is set to increase to 48 for the 2026 World Cup, which will have venues across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s Copa Mundial looks different for several reasons, including the dates (due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, the schedule was shifted to November-December instead of its traditional summer timing). But as always, the event features the world’s top footballing nations battling for global glory and individual awards for top performers, including the coveted prize for attacking players: the Golden Boot.

In the latest iteration of the World Cup, England Harry Kane, Also a star for Premier League side Tottenham, he took home the award thanks to his six goals, which probably helped soften the blow of the Three Lions falling 2-0 to Belgium in the third-place match. One of the top storylines to watch in this year’s World Cup is the swan song for two of the game’s biggest stars: Argentina’s. Lionel Messi and Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Neither player has ever won the Golden Boot, nor have any of their teams won the World Cup during their tenure, but Messi is 90 minutes away from both. Defending champions France have contenders for the award, including Kylian Mbappe And Olivier Giroud.

For more on the latest Golden Boot standings, odds and predictions throughout the tournament, follow ProSoccerTalk and NBC Sports Edge.

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What is the Golden Boot?

The Golden Boot is the award given to the top goal-scorer in each edition of the World Cup. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied at the top of the list with the same number of goals, the award will go to the player with the most non-penalty goals, and if they are still tied, go to The player with the most assists. While there has always been a top goal-scorer in the tournament, the specific award has been given since 1982. It was known as “The Golden Shoe” until its re-christening in 2010.

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Who are the top scorers in the 2022 World Cup?

1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 5 (leads the tiebreaker with 3 assists to Mbappe’s 2)
2. Kylian Mbappe (France) – 5
3. Olivier Giroud (France) – 4
4. Julian Alvarez (Argentina) – 4
5. Marcus Rashford (England) – 3
6. Alvaro Morata (Spain) – 3
7. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) – 3
8. Bukayo Saka (England) – 3
9. Richarlison (Brazil) – 3
10. Goncalo Ramos (Portugal) – 3
11. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) – 3
12. Mehdi Taremi (Iran) – 2
13. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) – 2
14. Mohammed Qudus (Ghana) – 2
15. Cho Gue-Sung (South Korea) – 2
16. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) – 2
17. Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) – 2
18. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) – 2
Kai Hubertz (Germany) – 2
20. Vincent Abubakar (Cameroon) – 2
21. Niclas Fullkrug (Germany) – 2
22. Ritsu Doan (Japan) – 2
23. Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Uruguay) – 2
24. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) – 2
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 25
26. Ferran Torres (Spain) – 2
27. Wout Weghorst (Netherlands) – 2
28. Rafael Leao (Portugal) – 2

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All past Golden Boot winners (1982-2018)

1982: Paolo Rossi (ITA) – 6

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1986: Gary Lineker (GBR) – 6

1990: Salvatore Schillaci – 6

1994: Oleg Salenko (RUS) / Hristo Stoichkov (BUL) – 6

1998: Davor Suker (CRO) – 6

2002: Ronaldo (BRA) – 8

2006 – Miroslav Klose (GER) – 5

2010 – Thomas Muller (GER) – 5

2014 – James Rodriguez (COL) – 6

2018 – Harry Kane (GBR) – 6

When is the 2022 World Cup?

The World Cup begins on Sunday, November 20, with host country Qatar taking on Ecuador in the opener. The group stage runs until December 3 before the knockout rounds begin. The final is set to be Sunday, December 18.

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • when: 20 November 2022 to 18 December 2022
  • Group stage match kick-off time: 5:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 2:00 (all ET)
  • location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spain: telemundo, university, Peacock
  • Streaming In Spain: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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