The Golden Boot Battle: Ranking Every World Cup Top Scorer

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The Golden Boot Battle: Ranking Every World Cup Top Scorer
Michael Sohn/Associated Press

The World Cup's Golden Boot award is arguably the most cherished scoring award that any player can covet in football, an honour bestowed upon those who have thrived in front of goal on the biggest stage of all.

Also called the "Golden Shoe," the award is given to the top scorer of each World Cup, and some of the most legendary names in the sport have been etched onto its precious metal.

Up until 1998, FIFA allowed numerous winners to be named if they finished with an identical goal tally, since which assists and fewest minutes played have become deciding factors in the case of a tie.

Winning the Golden Boot doesn't necessarily equate to tournament success, as we'll debate ahead, but firing one's team further in the competition certainly helps in these rankings of the finest World Cup top scorers ever.

Down the years, goals have become fewer in number as more and more national teams play defensively, but quantity and quality of the goals scored also factor into our countdown of these Golden Boot victors.

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