There will be plenty of people betting into the Golden Boot market for the World Cup and we have a comprehensive guide to finding the best value bets. The current favourite to win is Lionel Messi, available at a best price of 12/1 with BetStars. That shows how open the betting is and we will give you a few bullets to fire.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the previous winners!
World Cup Golden Boot Winners:
2014 – James Rodriguez (Colombia) – 6 Goals
Goal of the tournament came from the Golden Boot winner, a perfect volley from 25 yards against Uruguay.
2010 – Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Thomas Muller (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) – 5 Goals
All four of these men with their respective countries made it to the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup.
2006 – Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5 Goals
The most prolific World Cup goal-scorer ever snagged the golden boot in 2006 scoring 5 goals.
2002 – Ronaldo (Brazil) – 8 Goals
The master ran riot, this was one of the best ever goalscoring displays at a World Cup.
1998 – Davor Suker (Croatia) – 6 Goals
The Croatian hitman scored past major nations Germany, France, and Netherlands on his way to the Golden Boot.
1994 – Oleg Salenko (Russia), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria) – 6 Goals
Salenko scored five goals in one game!
1990 – Salvator Schillachi (Italy) – 6 goals
Schillachi’s goals led Italy to a 3rd place finish in 1990.
1986 – Gary Lineker (England) – 6 Goals
Lineker scored a hat-trick against Poland, a brace past Paraguay and the once against Argentina.
1982 – Paolo Rossi (Italy) – 6 Goals
Rossi scored in the final against Germany and his nation ran out 3-1 victors.
1978 – Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6 Goals
This win was interesting due to the fact Kempes managed 0 goals in the group round.
1974 – Grzegorz Lato (Poland) – 7 Goals
Poland managed a 3rd place finish in 1974 thanks to Lato’s awesome 7 goal return.
1970 – Gerd Muller (Germany) – 10 Goals
Muller scored hat-tricks in consecutive games against Bulgaria and Peru.
1966 – Eusebio (Portugal) – 9 Goals
During the group stages, Eusebio scored a brace against Brazil which sent them home.
1962 – Florian Albert (Hungary), Garrincha (Brazil), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Drazan Jerkovic (Yugoslavia), Leonel Sanchez (Chile), Vava (Brazil) – 4 Goals
The only year in which one country had multiple winners (Brazil).
1958 – Just Fontaine (France) – 13 Goals
Fontaine is the record holder for most goals ever at a World Cup.
1954 – Sandor Kocsis (Hungary) – 11 Goals
How about this for form? Score a hat-trick against South Korea, 4 in an 8-3 victory against West Germany and braces against Brazil and Uruguay. Many forget how good the Hungarians were.
1950 – Ademir (Brazil) – 8 Goals
8 goals was a great effort but ultimately Brazil didn’t win the tournament after losing 2-1 to Uruguay in front of nearly 200,000 spectators.
1938 – Leonidas (Brazil) – 7 Goals
Leonidas made a great start the tournament when scoring 3 goals in a thrilling 6-5 victory over Poland.
1934 – Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia) – 5 Goals
Nejedly managed a terrific hat-trick against Germany.
1930 – Guillermo Stabile (Argentina) – 8 Goals
Stabile was the top scorer of the first ever World Cup. His side lost out in the final to hosts Uruguay 4-2.