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2022 FIFA World Cup: All The Previous Golden Boot Winners
- The 2022 FIFA World Cup is not only around the corner, but it is staring all of us in the face
- Thirty-two footballing nations will descend on Qatar for the global showpiece event
- The Golden Boot will be up for grabs as the deadliest strikers aim for world football supremacy
One can almost smell the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Final preparations are underway, with 32 nations ready to fight for glory at the global showpiece event in Qatar - the Middle East's first-ever senior men's world cup.
Besides the most famous trophy in all of sport, other awards will be up for grabs, including the Golden Boot Award.
This gong is awarded to the leading goalscorer(s) after each tournament, and was introduced at Spain '82 under the name of the 'Golden Shoe'.
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Sports Brief has compiled a list of winners.
Golden Boot winners
1982, Spain: Paolo Rossi (Italy - 6 goals)
Silver Shoe - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Germany - 5 goals); Bronze Shoe - Zico (Brazil - 4 goals)
1986, Mexico: Gary Lineker (England - 6 goals)
Silver Shoe - Emilio Butragueño (Spain), Careca (Brazil) and Diego Maradona (Argentina) - all scored five goals
1990, Italy: Salvatore Schillaci (Italy - 6 goals)
Silver Shoe - Tomáš Skuhravý (Czech Republic - 5 goals); Bronze Shoe - Roger Milla (Cameroon) and Gary Lineker (England) - both scored four goals
1994, United States of America: Oleg Salenko (Russia) and Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) - both scored 6 goals
Silver Shoe - not awarded; Bronze Shoe - Kennet Andersson (Sweden), Romario (Brazil) - both scored five goals
1998, France: Davor Suker (Croatia - 6 goals)
Silver Shoe - Christian Vieri (Italy) and Gabriel Batista (Argentina) - both scored 5 goals; Bronze Shoe - not awarded
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2002, South Korea/Japan: Ronaldo (Brazil - 8 goals)
Silver Shoe - Miroslav Klose (Germany) and Rivaldo (Brazil) - both scored five goals
2006, Germany: Miroslav Klose (Germany - 5 goals)
Silver Shoe - Hernan Crespo (Argentina - 3 goals); Bronze Shoe - Ronaldo (Brazil - 3 goals)
2010, South Africa: Thomas Muller (Germany - 5 goals)*
Silver Boot - David Villa (Spain - 5 goals); Bronze Boot - Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands - 5 goals)
*Wikipedia states that Müller, Villa, Sneijder and Diego Forlán were all tied on five goals in the tournament. However, Müller won by virtue of having more assists (three) than the rest (one each). Villa won the Silver Boot due to playing fewer minutes than Sneijder, and Sneijder won the Bronze Boot due to having played fewer minutes than Forlán.
2014, Brazil: James Rodriguez (Colombia - 6 goals)
Silver Boot - Thomas Muller (Germany - 5 goals); Bronze Boot - Neymar (Brazil - 4 goals)
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2018, Russia: Harry Kane (England - 6 goals)**
Silver Boot - Antoine Griezmann (France - 4 goals); Bronze Boot - Romelu Lukaku (Belgium - 4 goals)
**Wikipedia states that Griezmann, Lukaku, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé were tied on four goals. In the assists tiebreaker, Griezmann won the Silver Boot by virtue of having two, while Lukaku got the Bronze Boot for having one. The rest had zero.
Sadio Mane out of Mundial
Football fans around the world have expressed unhappiness over the latest news, confirming Senegal international Sadio Mane will not be part of his country's squad for Qatar 2022.
As reported by Sports Brief, the former Liverpool star limped off Bayern Munich's clash against Werder Bremen with a tendon injury on November 8.
Many soccer lovers expressed their sympathies on social media, with hopes the injury wouldn't be a serious one.