Past Golden Boot winners by tournament and by country
The top goal scorer of the very first World Cup in 1930 was Argentina’s Guillermo Stábile (8 goals). Of course, back then there were no awards given for the feat as explained above. In 1934, Czech Republic’s Oldřich Nejedlý was the most prolific scorer with five goals to his name. In 1938 and 1950, Brazil’s Leônidas (7 goals) and Ademit (8 goals) were the top scorers. In 1954, Hungary’s Sándor Kocsis scored a whopping 11 goals, while in 1958, France’s Just Fontaine bagged 13 goals.
1962 World Cup was a strange one as it had six players finishing as joint top scorers. They were Hungary’s Flórián Albert, USSR’s Valentin Ivanov, Yugoslavia’s Drazan Jerkovic, Chile’s Leonel Sanchez and Brazil’s Garrincha and Vava. All scored four goals each.
Portugal’s Eusebio was the top scorer in 1966 with nine goals, Germany’s Gerd Muller in 1970 with 10, Poland’s Grzegorz Lato in 1974 with seven and Argentina’s Mario Kempes in 1978 with six.
The first-ever Golden Shoe was won by Italy’s Paolo Rossi in 1982, thanks to his six strikes, which is exactly the numbers of goals the next four Golden Shoe winners scored: England’s Gary Lineker in 1986, Italy’s Salvatore Schillaci in 1990, Russia’s Oleg Salenko and Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov in 1994, and Croatia’s Davor Suker in 1998. Brazil’s Ronaldo won it with his eight goals in 2002 and Germany’s Miroslav Klose in 2006 with just five strikes.
The award was rechristened to Golden Boot in 2010, with its inaugural winner being Germany’s Thomas Muller with five goals. The last two winners of the award were Colombia’s James Rodriguez and England’s Harry Kane – with both scoring six goals each.
Brazilian players have finished as the World Cup’s top scorers five time – more than anyone else. German footballers have claimed the honour thrice, whereas the accolade has been won by Italian and Argentine footballers twice.