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Who will win the Golden Boot contest at the FIFA World Cup 2022 semifinals—Messi, Mbappe, or Giroud?

In the history of the FIFA World Cup, no player has ever won the Golden Boot twice. At the FIFA World Cup 2022, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Olivier Giroud are in a three-way tie for the coveted Golden Boot trophy.
In the quarterfinals, France’s star forward Kylian Mbappe was forced to take a backseat as seasoned forward Olivier Giroud scored the game-winning goal to eliminate England and Harry Kane from the FIFA World Cup 2022. The reigning champions are charged with avoiding another enormous shock at the hands of giant-killing Morocco in the semi-finals, and Mbappe, who has already made his presence felt on the biggest stage several times, will be ready to play.
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) phenom Mbappe made a statement against Poland by scoring his fifth goal of the Qatar World Cup before France’s quarterfinal matchup with Harry Kane-led England. The second goal Mbappe scored against Robert Lewandowski’s Poland was also his 250th career strike. In 360 games, Mbappe has scored 250 goals. The exceptional milestone was accomplished by the former AS Monaco player in 150 less appearances than prolific scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (510)
Who is leading the Qatar Golden Boot race?
Interestingly, Mbappe has scored 250 goals in 379 appearances, surpassing PSG teammate and Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi. At the World Cup in Qatar, France’s Kylian Mbappe has scored the most goals to far. Despite failing to score against England in the quarterfinals, French star Kylian Mbappe maintained his top ranking with five goals. On Thursday at the Education City Stadium, the Mbappe-led France will face Morocco in the second semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Can Mbappe match Fontaine’s accomplishment?
The first Frenchman to win the Golden Boot at a FIFA World Cup was the legendary attacker Just Fontaine. During Sweden’s hosting of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, Fontaine scored 13 goals. Only Fontaine has ever won the unique trophy in the FIFA World Cup, making him the first and only French player to do so. In the history of the FIFA World Cup, no player has ever won the Golden Boot twice. No player has ever scored more goals in a single FIFA World Cup edition than France’s Fontaine.
Messi and Giroud chase Mbappe in the semifinals.
Giroud, Mbappe’s teammate, moved up to second place by scoring against England for the fourth time at the Qatar World Cup. At the Qatar World Cup earlier this year, the AC Milan attacker passed Patrice Evra to become France’s all-time greatest scorer on the international arena. Giroud, who is sometimes cited as one of the most underappreciated attackers of his generation, has 53 goals to his name in a distinguished international career for France. With 15 headed goals for France, the 36-year-old has nine more than any other French player in the twenty-first century.
Messi, the captain of Argentina, is tied with Giroud, the forward from France, who has four goals for La Albiceleste in the storied tournament’s 2022 iteration. Messi will make history if Argentina’s captain scores for the two-time winners against Croatia after leading the team to the Qatar tournament semifinals.
Alvarez and Kramaric have a remote chance.
The past two runners-up in the FIFA World Cup will square off in an exciting semifinal matchup between Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Luka Modric’s Croatia. On Wednesday at the Lusail Stadium, Andrej Kramaric of Croatia and Julian Alvarez of Argentina have a remote possibility of reentering the Golden Boot competition. At the World Cup in Qatar, both Alvarez and Kramaric had two goals each. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Croatia’s 3-0 rout of Argentina was infamous.

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