World Cup Top Goal Scorers (Golden Boot)

These are the 'golden shoe' or 'golden boot' winners from each World Cup event. The record for the most goals at a single World Cup is 13 by Frenchman Just Fontaine in 1958, which he achieved in six games. The overall top goal scorer in the Wolrd Cup is German player Miroslav Klose, who has scored 16 goals overall. See the list of World Cup Top Goal Scorers.

The current rules for a tie-breaker, is that if there is a tie for the most number of goals in the tournament, the award goes to the player who has given the most assists (as decided by the FIFA Technical Study Group). If there is still more than one player, the tie-breaker goes to the player who has played the least amount of time. Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

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Year Top Scorer(s) Country Matches Played Goals Scored
1930 Guillermo Stabile Argentina 4 8
1934 Angelo Schiavio Italy * 4 4
Oldrich Nejedly Czechoslovakia 4 4
Edmund Conen Germany 4 4
1938 Leonidas da Silva Brazil 4 8
1950 Marques Ademir Brazil 6 7
1954 Sandor Kocsis Hungary 5 11
1958 Just Fontaine France 6 13
1962 Drazen Jerkovic Yugoslavia 6 5
1966 Ferreira Eusebio Portugal 6 9
1970 Gerd Muller West Germany 6 10
1974 Grzegorz Lato Poland 7 7
1978 Mario Kempes Argentina * 7 6
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy * 7 6
1986 Gary Lineker England 5 6
1990 Salvatore Schillaci Italy 7 6
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia 3 6
Hristo Stoitchkov Bulgaria 7 6
1998 Davor Suker Croatia 7 6
2002 Ronaldo Brazil * 7 8
2006 Miroslav Klose Germany 7 5
2010 Thomas Müller Germany 6 5
2014 James Rodríguez Columbia 5 6
2018 Harry Kane England 6 7

* Champion country


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