The Golden Boot—awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a World Cup—is rarely won by one of the top class strikers who go in to the tournament as favorites.
In past World Cups, the Golden Boot has been claimed by the likes of Miroslav Klose, Toto Schillachi and Davor Suker—none of who were household names before they topped their tournament’s scoring charts.
With the exception of Ronaldo in 2002, the Golden Boot is rarely won by a player whose team make the final. In fact a top scorers team doesn’t even need to get past the first round. Just ask Russia’s Oleg Salenko—joint top scorer in 1994.
With this in mind, we’re previewing some of the less celebrated strikers who will be chasing the Golden Boot in South Africa.