France against Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup

Argentinian Lionel Messi, left, and Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. (Getty Images)

The race for the Golden Boot – the prize for the player who scores the most goals in the tournament – was on the line ahead of Sunday’s clash between Argentina and France.

With his goal in the first half from the penalty spot, Argentinian Lionel Messi scored one ahead of Frenchman Kylian Mbappé.

But with two goals in the space of around 90 seconds in the second half, Mbappé overtook the legend in the goal tally. He now leads Messi by one point to extra time in the final.

Here’s where things stand:

7 goals

  • Kylian Mbappé (France) (2 assists)

6 goals

  • Lionel Messi (Argentina) (3 assists)

The tiebreaker explained: According to FIFA criteria, if two players have scored an equal number of goals at the end of the World Cup, the player with the most assists wins the Golden Boot.

If two or more players are equal on goals and assists, then the person who has played fewer minutes in the tournament (thus, scoring their goals in a shorter amount of time) will win the prize.


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