Power Ranking the World Cup Golden Boot Winners

Jon SainzAnalyst IIApril 27, 2011

Power Ranking the World Cup Golden Boot Winners

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    Since 1930 there have been a total of 19 FIFA World Cups and eight different countries have won the tournament. Brazil leads them with five wins, while the current champion, Spain, has only won one.

    In all tournaments the top scorer has been awarded with the Golden Boot.

    There have been more Golden Cup Winner than tournaments, because until recently only goals counted for this award.

    Now if two or more players are tied, the one with more assists get the award and if they're still tied, the one who played less minutes wins it.

    This is a ranking of all Golden Boot winners, they are ranked first by the position their team finished in in the tournament, then by goals and then by other criteria.

24) Oleg Salenko

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    Year: 1994

    Host: United States

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Russia

    Final Position: Eliminated in the Group Stage

    Goals: 6

    Notes: Only player to ever win the award playing for a team that didn't make it out of the group stage. His goals in the tournament were the only ones he ever scored for his national team.

23) Gary Lineker

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    Year: 1986

    Host: Mexico

    Winner: Argentina

    National Team: England

    Final Position: Eliminated in the Quarter finals (8th)

    Goals: 6

22) Valentin Ivanov

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Soviet Union

    Final Position: Eliminated in the Quarter Finals (6th)

    Goals: 4

21) Flórián Albert

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Hungary

    Final Position: Eliminated in the Quarter Finals (5th)

    Goals: 4

20) Dražan Jerković

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Yugoslavia

    Final Position: 4th place

    Goals: 4

19) Hristo Stoichkov

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    Year: 1994

    Host: United States

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Bulgaria

    Final Position: 4th place

    Goals: 6

18) Leonel Sánchez

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Chile

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 4

17) Thomas Müller

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    Year: 2010

    Host: South Africa

    Winner: Spain

    National Team: Germany

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 5

    Notes: Tied for goals with Villa (Spain), Sneijder (Holland) and Forlan (Uruguay), Müller won the award on assists (3).

16) Miroslav Klose

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    Year: 2006

    Host: Germany

    Winner: Italy

    National Team: Germany

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 5

15) Davor Šuker

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    Year: 1998

    Host: France

    Winner: France

    National Team: Croatia

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 6

14) Salvatore Schillaci

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    Year: 1990

    Host: Italy

    Winner: West Germany

    National Team: Italy

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 6

    Notes: Schillaci also won the Best Player award.

13) Grzedorz Lato

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    Year: 1974

    Host: West Germany

    Winner: West Germany

    National Team: Poland

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 7

    Notes: This tournament marks the start of the current trophy as award.

12) Leônidas Da Silva

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    Year: 1938

    Host: France

    Winner: Italy

    National Team: Brazil

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 7

    Notes: Originally credited with eight goals, FIFA changed it to seven in 2006. Last World Cup before World War II. Also won Golden Ball (best player).

11) Eusébio

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    Year: 1966

    Host: England

    Winner: England

    National Team: Portugal

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 9

10) Gerd Müller

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    Year: 1970

    Host: Mexico

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: West Germany

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 10

    Notes: As a three time World Cup champion, Brazil kept the Jules Rimet trophy. This was the last tournament that trophy was awarded.

9) Just Fontaine

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    Year: 1958

    Host: Sweden

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: France

    Final Position: 3rd place

    Goals: 13

8) Oldřich Nejedlý

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    Year: 1934

    Host: Italy

    Winner: Italy

    National Team: Czechoslovakia

    Final Position: Runner up

    Goals: 5

    Notes: Originally credited with four goals, FIFA changed it to five in 2006.

7) Guillermo Stabile

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    Year: 1930

    Host: Uruguay

    Winner: Uruguay

    National Team: Argentina

    Final Position: Runner up

    Goals: 8

    Notes: First ever World Cup

6) Ademir

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    Year: 1950

    Host: Brazil

    Winner: Uruguay

    National Team: Brazil

    Final Position: Runner up

    Goals: 9

    Notes: First World Cup after World War II (12 year hiatus). 

5) Sándor Kocsis

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    Year: 1954

    Host: Switzerland

    Winner: West Germany

    National Team: Hungary

    Final Position: Runner up

    Goals: 11

4) Vavá

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Brazil

    Final Position: Winner

    Goals: 4

3) Garrincha

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    Year: 1962

    Host: Chile

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Brazil

    Final Position: Winner

    Goals: 4

    Notes: Also won Golden Ball (best player).

2a) Paolo Rossi

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    Year: 1982

    Host: Spain

    Winner: Italy

    National Team: Italy

    Final Position: Winner

    Goals: 6

    Notes: Rossi also won the Best Player award.

2b) Mario Kempes

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    Year: 1978

    Host: Argentina

    Winner: Argentina

    National Team: Argentina

    Final Position: Winner

    Goals: 6

    Notes: Kempes also won the Best Player award.

1) Ronaldo

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    Year: 2002

    Host: South Korea & Japan

    Winner: Brazil

    National Team: Brazil

    Final Position: Winner

    Goals: 8