This November, we embark on the first ever World Cup to be held in winter, as the likes of England, Brazil and Germany travel to Qatar.

The greatest footballers on the planet will battle it out for the ultimate prize, having waited over four years for the chance to do so.

It’s sure to be a fantastic spectacle, but for those who do not win the World Cup, there is more silverware up for grabs in the form of individual awards.

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As you can see above, FIFA have the Golden Glove, Golden Ball and also the Golden Boot to award to the most impressive individuals.

On that note, let’s take a look at the last five winners of the Golden Boot…

Harry Kane

Not since Gary Lineker won the award in 1986 has an English player taken home the Golden Boot, but that’s exactly what Harry Kane did in 2018.

The Tottenham icon finished top scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after scoring six goals as England reached the semi-final.

James Rodriguez

The Colombian lit up Brazil in 2014 with some phenomenal performances, and like Kane, scored six goals to finish top scorer at the tournament.

Among James Rodriguez’s six goals was a stunning strike against Uruguay in the Round of 16, which later won the Puskas award.

Thomas Müller

Back in 2010, the Bayern Munich legend took the Golden Boot back to Germany after scoring five goals in South Africa.

Interestingly, we could soon have two Golden Boot winners playing in the Premier League, as Newcastle are keen to sign the 32-year-old.

Miroslav Klose

After Müller, another German finds his way onto the list, and once again, he did so after scoring five goals at the World Cup.

Miroslav Klose paved the way for Müller to follow in his footsteps by winning the Golden Boot back in 2006, when Germany hosted the competition.

No player has scored more World Cup goals than Klose, who amazingly managed to score 16 times in 24 games throughout his career.


Back in 2002, Ronaldo won the Golden Boot as he and Brazil lifted the World Cup in Japan.

Sporting his iconic haircut, R9 – as he was famously known – scored two goals in the final against Germany to secure a 2-0 win, and also finish as the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals to his name.

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