Who to succeed Harry Kane? Top scorer during the 2018 World Cup in Russia with six goals, the English striker is among the favorites to win the Golden Boot in Qatar. At 29 years old, the captain of the Three Lions arrives with a strong team on this world, finalist of the last euro, and can therefore logically claim, in case of good performance of England, to win a second consecutive time this trophy, something that no one has ever achieved in the history of the World Cup.
A Kane - Benzema duel?
While Kane seems to be the favorite, he will have his work cut out for him against other world-class strikers, starting with the most recent winner of the Golden Ball, Karim Benzema who has been at the top of his game for the past few months. Absent from the 2018 World Cup, the Madrilenian will want to shine at 34 years old for what should be his last World Cup. Offensive leader since his return to the French team, he is one of the sure values of Les Bleus. The strength of France this year is to be able to count on two prolific strikers at the moment with Kylian Mbappé who can also hope to finish as top scorer. Author of four goals in 2018, the PSG striker has become more consistent and surgical since. While it is obvious that Benzema and Mbappé will be decisive, they may score less individually compared to a Harry Kane who is England's only striker.
Watch out for Messi and Ronaldo
For their last World Cup with their country, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will want to take their team as far as possible to get the trophy they are missing. Lionel Messi, who had a hard time when he arrived in Paris, is back to his best and will want to lead Argentina to the world title. If he is one of the outsiders for the Golden Boot because of his creative role, defenses will have to be wary of Messi who wants to finish in beauty his adventure with his country. Cristiano Ronaldo is also not a favorite for the Golden Shoe, firstly because Portugal is not a favorite of this World Cup and mainly because the Portuguese is going through a period of less good in club. Nevertheless, it would be unwise to forget about CR7 in this race for the top scorer, who holds the record for the most goals scored in national teams with 117 goals.
Neymar wants to join the party
Announced as the favorite for this World Cup, Brazil could also leave with the trophy of best scorer in case of good performance. Neymar is the number one attraction of the Seleção and he wants to lead Brazil to the title. He will have to be decisive as he is since the beginning of the season with PSG. But the strength of Brazil is the offensive power found in this selection. It is possible to mention Vinicius Jr and Gabriel Jesus who are real outsiders for this trophy of the best striker.
The surprise Depay?
Semi-finalists four years ago, Belgium wants to do better and will have to count on a Romelu Lukaku in form to concretize all the opportunities. The only problem is that the Belgian striker has just returned from injury and will surely need time to find his rhythm. Memphis Depay is another player who is in the running for the top scorer award, as the Netherlands have been impressing for the past few months. The Dutchman even finished as the top scorer in the European qualifying competition. It is also important to mention. Robert Lewandowski, who is tormenting all European defenses at club level, but who should have more difficulties with Poland.