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FIFA World Cup 2022: Race for the Golden Boot and the other big stats so far | Football News – Times of India


Who will win the 2022 FIFA World Cup? We are slowly, but very steadily inching towards an answer to that question. The quarter-final stage is now done and dusted and the two semi-finals have been decided.
The four teams that were knocked out in the quarter-final were – Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal and England.
The teams that are still in the fray in the race to win the holy grail of world football are – Croatia, Morocco, Argentina and France.
The French remember are aiming to become just the third team in World Cup history to successfully defend the title. The only teams that have managed to do that so far have been Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962).
As is almost always the case, one of the most interesting races that is shaping up is the race for the Golden Boot, which is awarded to the highest goal-scorer of the tournament. France’s Kylian Mbappe is currently 1 goal clear of his nearest competitors.
Lionel Messi is in joint second place currently, with 4 goals to his name.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at how that race is shaping up and some of the other very interesting tournament statistics so far:
Race for the Golden Boot (Top goal-scorer)

PLAYER COUNTRY GOALS SCORED
Kylian Mbappe France 5
Olivier Giroud France 4
Lionel Messi Argentina 4
Goncalo Ramos Portugal 3
Marcus Rashford England 3
Richarlison Brazil 3
Alvaro Morata Spain 3
Bukayo Saka England 3
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3
Cody Gakpo Netherlands 3

MOST ASSISTS (Top 20)

PLAYER COUNTRY ASSISTS
Harry Kane England 3
Bruno Fernandes Portugal 3
Antoine Griezmann France 3
Mislav Orsic Croatia 2
Lionel Messi Argentina 2
Raphael Guerreiro Portugal 2
Denzel Dumfries Netherlands 2
Vinicius Jr. Brazil 2
Kylian Mbappe France 2
Andrija Zivkovic Serbia 2
Davy Klaassen Netherlands 2
Theo Hernandez France 2
Ivan Perisic Croatia 2
Diogo Dalot Portugal 2
Jordi Alba Spain 2
Dusan Tadic Serbia 2
Christian Pulisic USA 2
Phil Foden England 2
Ousmane Dembele France 2
Joao Felix Portugal 2

MOST SAVES (Top 8)

PLAYER COUNTRY SAVES
Wojciech Szczesny Poland 21
Dominik Livakovic Croatia 19
Andries Noppert Netherlands 18
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic Serbia 16
Shuichi Gonda Japan 15
Mohammed Al-Owais Saudi Arabia 14
Yann Sommer Switzerland 12
Matthew Ryan Australia 12

MOST TOUCHES ON THE BALL (Top 10)

PLAYER COUNTRY TOUCHES
Rodri Spain 710
Marcelo Brozovic Croatia 539
Nicolas Otamendi Argentina 507
Rodrigo De Paul Argentina 498
John Stones England 475
Pedri Spain 462
Aymeric Laporte Spain 456
Josko Gvardiol Croatia 450
Luka Modric Croatia 450
Harry Maguire England 445

MOST NON-PENALTY GOALS (Top 8)

PLAYER COUNTRY GOALS SCORED
Kylian Mbappe France 5
Olivier Giroud France 4
Goncalo Ramos Portugal 3
Marcus Rashford England 3
Alvaro Morata Spain 3
Richarlison Brazil 3
Cody Gakpo Netherlands 3
Bukayo Saka England 3





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