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France’s Kylian Mbappe remains the player to catch in the race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award. Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

FIFA World Cup: Golden Boot race hots up!

France’s Kylian Mbappe remains the player to catch in the race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award.

Lionel Messi World Cup

France’s Kylian Mbappe remains the player to catch in the race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award. Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

The race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award will go down to the wire in Qatar. Who’s your money on?

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Argentina are into the final where they await the winner of Wednesday, 14 December’s semi-final between Morocco and France.

Kick-off is at 21:00 (SA time).

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Lionel Messi scored his fifth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot against Croatia to tie Kylian Mbappe as the current leader in the Golden Boot race.

However, don’t discount another pair of players in Olivier Giroud (France) and Julian Alvarez (Argentina) who both may still have a say in the outcome of the award.

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WORLD CUP LEADING GOAL SCORERS

5 goals: Kylian Mbappe (France), Lionel Messi (Argentina)

4 goals: Olivier Giroud (France), Julian Alvarez (Argentina)

3 goals: Enner Valencia (Ecuador), Cody Gakpo (Netherlands), Marcus Rashford (England), Alvaro Morata (Spain), Bukayo Saka (England), Richarlison (Brazil), Goncalo Ramos (Portugal)

2 goals: Bruno Fernandes (Portugal), Mehdi Taremi (Iran), Cho Gue-sung (South Korea), Andrej Kramaric (Croatia), Mohammed Kudus (Ghana), Ferran Torres (Spain), Ritsu Doan (Japan), Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon), Salem al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia), Niclas Fuellkrug (Germany), Kai Havertz (Germany), Breel Embolo (Switzerland), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Uruguay), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Rafael Leao (Portugal), Wout Weghorst (Netherlands), Neymar (Brazil), Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco), Harry Kane (England)

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