20 Golden Boot Award Winners FIFA World Cup All Time
The World Cup Golden boot award is one of the most prestigious individual player’s awards alongside the World Cup Golden Glove, Word Cup Golden Ball, and Word Cup’s Best Young Player. The Golden Boot award is awarded to the player who scored the most number of goals during the tournament.
If by any chance players tie on goal count, FIFA (the world football governing body and the organizer of Football World Cup Tournament) goes ahead to count the number of assists credited to each of the players tying on goal count. If they still tie on “Assists”, the total time played by the players is considered, giving the award to the player who has the least playtime in the tournament expressed in minutes.
Even though the first World Cup was first held in the year 1930 in Uruguay, the top scorers of the tournament were not enrolled for the prize till 1982 as the award only came into being in the 1982’s World Cup. However, World Cup top scorers of the year 1930 through 1978 are stilled listed among Golden Boot Winners by FIFA even though they did not receive the award. From 1982 to 2010, the award was often referred to as the Golden Shoe award but as from the 2010’s World Cup, the award was rechristened to World Cup Golden Boot.
Getting down to the 20 World Cup Golden Boot winners, here is the list of this prestigious award winners starting from the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner to the 1930 World Cup Top Scorer.
20. 2014 World Cup Held in Brazil – James Rodriguez (Colombia)
James Rodriguez scored a total of 6 goals to make him the outright winner of the Golden Boot ahead of Thomas Muller from Germany who finished second with a total of 5 goals. He emerged as a surprise top scorer as he had not featured on the betting Odds before the tournament started.
19. 2010 World Cup Held in South Africa – Thomas Muller (Germany)
Thomas Muller scored a total of 5 goals, though it’s his three assists that made him the favorite top scorer to win the trophy over Wesley Sneijder, David Villa, and Diego Forlan, all having scored 5 goals each in the same tournament.
18. 2006 World Cup Held in Germany – Miroslav Klose (Germany)
Miroslav Klose scored a total of 5 goals to win the title on his home soil, though the team did not win the ultimate prize.
17. 2002 World Cup Held Korea Japan – Ronaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldo scored an overwhelming 8 goals during the tournament making him the outright winner of the prize. Rivaldo, his teammate, tied with Miroslav Klose to win the World Cup Silver Boot that is awarded to the first runners up of the Golden Boot prize.
16. 1998 World Cup Held in France – Davor Suker (Croatia)
Davor scored a total of 6 goals to win the prize.
15. 1994 World Cup Held in USA – Oleg Salenko (Russia) and Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
Each of these players received a golden shoe prize having tied on the number of goals scored. The assist and time played tiebreaker system had not been initiated yet, which also made the third place top scorers tie see the award go to three players.
14. 1990 World Cup Held in Italy – Salvatore Schillaci (Italy)
Salvatore Schillaci scored a total of 6 goals to make him win the prestigious prize on his home soil.
13. 1986 World Cup Held in Mexico – Gary Lineker (England)
Gary Lineker won the prize having scored a total of 6 goals to make him the first England international player to win the trophy. Legendary Diego Maradona finished second with a total of 5 goals alongside other two players on a tie to clinch the Silver Shoe.
12. 1982 World Cup Held in Spain – Paolo Rossi (Italy)
Paolo Rossi scored 6 goals to win the prize.
11. 1978 World Cup Held in Argentina – Mario Kempes (Argentina)
Mario Kempes scored a total of 6 goals to make him the top scorer of the tournament enjoying the title on his home soil. No award was given though since FIFA had not yet initiated the prize for the World Cup’s top scorer.
10. 1974 World Cup Held in West Germany – Grzegorz Lato (Poland)
Grzegorz Lato scored 7 goals in total making him the top scorer of the tournament.
9. 1970 World Cup Held in Mexico – Gerd Muller (Germany)
Gerd Muller scored an overwhelming 10 goals to emerge the top scorer of the tournament.
8. 1966 World Cup Held in England – Eusebio (Portugal)
Eusebio scored 9 goals in the tournament making him finish top on the scoreboard.
7. 1962 World Cup Held in Chile – Flórián Albert (Hungary), Valentin Ivanov (Soviet Union), Garrincha (Brazil), Vavá (Brazil), Draơn Jerković (Yugoslavia) and Leonel Sánchez (Chile)
All these six players tied at 4 goals each, making them the top scorers of the 1962 World Cup tournament.
6. 1958 World Cup Held in Sweden – Just Fontaine (France)
Just Fontaine amassed a total of 13 goals, making him the player with the highest number of goals in a single World Cup tournament. Legendary Pele from Brazil finished second with 6 goals.
5. 1954 World Cup Held in Switzerland – Sandor Kocsis (Hungary)
Sandor scored a total of 11 goals to make him the ultimate top scorer of the 1954 World Cup tournament.
4. 1950 World Cup Held in Brazil – Ademir (Brazil)
Ademir topped the scoreboard with a total of 8 goals to win the title at home.
3. 1938 World Cup Held in France – Leonadis (Brazil)
Leonadis scored 7 goals to clinch the top scorer title.
2. 1934 World Cup Held in Italy – Oldrich Nejedly
Nejedly finished as the top scorer with a total of 5 goals.
1. 1930 World Cup Held in Uruguay – Guillermo Stabile (Argentina)
Guillermo finished top on scoreboard with a total of 8 goals, making him the top scorer of the first World Cup tournament.
Current Areas of Concern in the Golden Boot Award
Even though FIFA has so far made tremendous improvements on how to determine the favorite player for the World Cup Golden Boot Award, the issue of assists and own goals is still an area of concern. For instance, Brazilian Ronaldo was once made to make a follow up on a goal that had been regarded as an own-goal and it was later settled under his name. A slew of assist issues have also been evidenced which points out to the great need to have some more improvements on the evaluation and selection system for the World Cup Golden Boot Prize winner.