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Qatar 2022: What happens if the Golden Boot finishes tied?

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© Clive Brunskill- Julian Finney/Getty ImagesLionel Messi (left) and Kylian Mbappe.

The Golden Boot award is given to the player who scored the most at a FIFA World Cup. But what happens if two players or more finish tied on goals scored at Qatar 2022? Let’s take a look.

World football has been waiting years for this, but alas, Qatar 2022 is coming to an end. This year’s FIFA World Cup brought us some memorable matches where two powerhouses like Argentina and France reached the grand final.

While the most important trophy is still up for grabs, other important awards are also at stake. In terms of individual awards, the Golden Boot is undoubtedly one of the most interesting.

Considering the World Cup’s top scorer, there is just one game left to see who will end up with the prize. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have scored five goals so far. So what happens if it ends in a tie? Let’s look at it.

Golden Boot tiebreaker: What happens if two or more players finish tied?

When two or more players finish tied on goals scored at a World Cup, the tiebreaker comes into play. The first tiebreaker is the number of assists provided, to reward the player who had a hand in more goals.

If the tie persists, the second tiebreaker is the number of minutes played. That means, the player with less playing time gets the upper hand. This is what the Golden Boot race looks like ahead of the final:

Player Goals Assists Minutes played
1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) 5 3 570
2. Kylian Mbappe (France) 5 2 477
3. Julian Alvarez (Argentina) 4 0 364
4. Olivier Giroud (France) 4 0 383

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