The World Cup is right around the corner. This year it’s set to take place in Qatar, which is a small Arab country that borders Saudi Arabia. It will not only be the first World Cup held in the Middle East but also the first one held in the winter. To get us betting ready, let’s dive into the Golden Boot odds. The Golden Boot award goes to the leading goal scorer of the tournament. The award is especially lucrative when it comes to the World Cup. There are numerous big names we’ll be keeping an eye on, including Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi.
Note: FIFA uses a criterion to break tiebreakers for the Golden Boot if two or more players are tied for the highest goal tally.
Best 2022 Golden Boot Odds
Harry Kane +3400
England’s Harry Kane is the favorite to take home the Golden Boot Award. He’ll be looking to become the first player ever to win two World Cup Golden Boots. Back in 2018, Kane won the award in Russia when he scored six goals. Five of them came in the group stage, and three of them came from penalty kicks. Kane will be looking to do damage early in Group B, where his squad will be squaring off with Iran, the United States, and Wales. The striker is known for being an exceptional penalty taker. It’s a safe bet he’ll get a few more opportunities from the penalty mark in Qatar.
Harry Kane has been in good goal scoring form with his English Premier League Club, Tottenham. He’s second in the Premier League with eleven goals. Kane will be the biggest threat to score for this England team. The problem is, England hasn’t been in good shape as of late. They’ve failed to pick up a win in each of their last six games. Going deep in the tournament is critical to giving a player a chance to win the Golden Boot.
The Three Lions should be able to make it out of Group B. However, the team isn’t well positioned in the Knockout Stage. Kane is a talented goal scorer but the questions with his team make him a bad Golden Boot bet and a surprise favorite according to the Golden Boot odds.
Kylian Mbappe +270
Kylian Mbappe will be trying to lead France to back-to-back World Cup titles. At 23, it will be Mbappe’s second World Cup appearance. In his first, he scored four goals, which made him a runner up for the Golden Boot Award. Mbappe is currently having issues with management with his club, PSG, but that hasn’t stopped the star forward from finding the back of the net. He’s scored eleven goals in twelve Ligue 1 appearances this year and has scored six times in his last five games. The French forward has the second best Golden Boot odds at the World Cup.
France will be in Group D of this year’s tournament where they will face off with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia. Les Bleus is a good bet to make it out of their group and go on a deep run through the knockout stages. This makes Mbappe an appealing bet at +900, especially since we’ve already seen him successful at soccer’s most grand stage.
Lionel Messi +850
One of the best players this game has ever seen will be making his last World Cup appearance in Qatar. Lionel Messi has already announced that the last time he puts on an Argentina uniform will be at this year’s World Cup. All that’s missing from the star Argentinians resume is a World Cup title. He came close in 2014 but was undone by an extra time winner from Germany’s Mario Goetze in the final.
The South American squad is one of the favorites to win the World Cup this year, and Lionel Messi is a big reason why. Messi will be in exceptional form as he embarks on his last World Cup journey. In the last international window in September, Messi was able to score four goals in two games.
The Argentina team will be massive favorites in Group C of the 2022 World Cup. It’s a group that also features Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia. They should be able to come out of this group at the top of the table, before going on a knockout stage run. It will be Messi’s 5th World Cup appearance, a tournament that he has played nineteen games in and scored six total goals. All six of Messi’s World Cup goals have come in the group stage, a pattern he’ll be trying to snap this time around. At +1400, he’s a great bet to do something magical for an encore to his illustrious career.
Other Good Bets
Much like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo will likely be playing in his last World Cup. It will also be Ronaldo’s 5th World Cup appearance, and like Messi, he will be trying to find the net for the first time in a knockout stage game. These two guys have a ridiculous amount in common. That statement will remain true for their World Cup Golden Boot odds, where Ronaldo is also listed at +1600.
If you’re looking for longer odds, Robert Lewandowski is a good player to wager on. The Polish striker is in great form and holds long odds to win the Golden Boot award. There are questions as to whether Poland will be able to make it out of Group C. However, these concerns are exactly what make Lewandowski’s odds so long (+5000), but the FC Barcelona star remains as one of the most prominent goal scorers in the game. A couple of knockout stage victories wouldn’t be unprecedented for this Polish side. Such an occurrence would almost certainly put Lewandowski in the mix for the Golden Boot Award.