The Golden Boot Award was introduced at the 1930 World Cup, and has been part of the tournaments tradition, ever since. The prestigious award, is dedicated to the World Cup’s top scorer, and is earned by scoring the most goals in that years finals tournament. The award is also be known as the Golden Shoe or the Adidas Golden Shoe, which is the commercial term that was introduced, in 1982.
At 1994 World Cup in the United States, two new awards were introduced, and were dedicated to the tournaments second and third top scorers. The two awards followed the path of the original award the Golden Boot, and were named the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot. The rules for the award remained the same, the most goals scored takes the Golden Boot, the second leading scorer earns the Silver Boot, and the third is awarded the Bronze Boot. An addition to the rule book occurred after the 1994 World Cup, which introduced a tie-breaking system, leaving only one winner for the Golden Boot Award. The tie-breaking system works as follows; If the total goals ends up in a tie, the player with the most assists to add to his goal count, would win the tie-breaker. If there is still a tie after calculating the total number of assists, the player who has played the least amount of time, wins the award.
Throughout World Cup history, some of greatest players have won these prestigious awards, making it all look so easy. It was like the word “Gooooaaaaaal” just followed them around. That’s why I have put together an in-depth look at the “Top 5 Golden Boot Winners”, and the “Complete List of the Past Golden Boot Award Recipients”.
Top 5 Golden Boot Award Winners
Justin Fontaine, France, 1958 (13 goals) – In the 1958 World Cup, Fontaine scored his 13 goals in just 6 games, including scoring 4 times against the defending champions West Germany. His 13 goal score total set a record for goals in a World Cup tournament and it still holds to this day.
Sandor Kocsis, Hungary, 1954 (11 goals) – Although the 1954 World Cup ended in disappointment for Hungary, Kocsis achieved personal success by finishing the tournament as the top scorer, with 11 goals. Included in his goal total he had two hat tricks, one against South Korea and the other against West Germany, were he scored 4 goals. In the championship game, Kocsis met West Germany again, but this time he was held scoreless in Hungary’s 3-2 loss.
Gerd Muller, West Germany, 1970 (10 goals) – In 1970 World Cup, Muller scored 10 goals, the 3rd highest goal total in tournament history. In the 1974 World Cup Muller scored 4 more goals, including scoring the winning goal in the championship game, giving him a combined total of 14 in World Cup Finals play. His 14 goal total was the most by any player in World Cup History, until it was broken at the 2006 World Cup, when Ronaldo scored his 15th goal.
Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazil (9 goals)– As part of an outstanding forward trio, which included Zizinho and Zair, Adermir finished as the top goal scorer in the 1950 World Cup. He scored 9 goals in the tournament, including scoring the first competitive goal in Maracana Stadium, but the total was just not enough to bring Brazil a championship.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, Portugal, 1966 (9 goals) – Leading his team to a championship in the 1966 World Cup, Eusebio scored 9 goals, as he finished the tournament as the top goal scorer. He scored 4 of his 9 goals in a game against North Korea, earning him his first hat trick, in World Cup play.
Complete List of Past Golden Boot Award Recipients
2006 World Cup – Germany
Golden Boot – Miraslav Klose, Germany (5 goals)
Silver Boot – Hernan Crespo, Argentina (3 goals)
Bronze Boot – Ronaldo, Brazil (3 goals)
2002 World Cup – South Korea / Japan
Golden Boot – Ronaldo, Brazil (8 goals)
Silver Boot – Rivaldo, Brazil – Miroslav Klose, Germany (5 goals)
Bronze Boot – Jon Dahl Tomasson, Denmark – Christian Vieri, Italy (4 goals)
1998 World Cup – France
Golden Boot – Davor Suker, Croatia (6 goals)
Silver Boot – Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina / Christian Vieri, Italy (5 goals)
Bronze Boot – Ronaldo, Brazil / Marcelo Salas, Chile / Luis Hernandez, Mexico (4 goals)
1994 World Cup – USA
Golden Boot – Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgaria / Oleg Salenko, Russia (6 goals)
Silver Boot – Romario,Brazil / Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany / Robert Baggio, Italy / Kennet Anderson, Sweden (5 goals)
Bronze Boot – Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina / Florin Raducioiu, Romania / Martin Dahlin, Sweden (4 goals)
1990 World Cup – Italy
Golden Boot – Salvatore Schillaci, Italy (6 goals)
1986 World Cup – Mexico
Golden Boot – Gary Lineker, England (6 goals)
1982 World Cup – Spain
Golden Boot – Paolo Rossi, Italy (6 goals)
1978 World Cup – Argentina
Golden Boot – Mario Kempes, Argentina (6 goals)
1974 World Cup – West Germany
Golden Boot – Grzegorz Lato, Poland (7 goals)
1970 World Cup – Mexico
Golden Boot – Gerd Muller, West Germany (10 goals)
1966 World Cup – England
Golden Boot – Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, Portugal (9 goals)
1962 World Cup – Chile
Golden Boot – Vava, Brazil / Garrincha, Brazil / Leonel Sanchez, Chile / Drazan Jerkovic, Yugoslavia / Valentin Ivanov, Soviet Union / Florian Albert, Hungary (4 goals)
1958 World Cup – Sweden
Golden Boot – Just Fontaine, France (13 goals)
1954 World Cup – Switzerland
Golden Boot – Sandor Kocsis, Hungary (11 goals)
1950 World Cup – Brazil
Golden Boot – Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazil (9 goals)
1946 World Cup
(Canceled due to World War II)
1942 World Cup
(Canceled due to World War II)
1938 World Cup – France
Golden Boot – Leonidas da Silva, Brazil (7 goals)
1934 World Cup – Italy
Golden Boot – Oldrich Nejedly, Czechoslovakia (5 goals)
1930 World Cup – Uruguay
Golden Boot – Guillermo Stabile, Argentina (8 goals)
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