Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi, or even Olivier Giroud and Julian Alvarez, will not be able to finish in perfect equality on the scorer’s list at the end of the France-Argentina final: FIFA provides tie criteria to return his golden boot.
They each have five goals on the clock, but there will be only one golden boot. Ahead of the France-Argentina final, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé are neck-and-neck at the top of the 2022 World Cup scoring charts. Olivier Giroud and Julian Alvarez are trailing with four goals each. At the end of Sunday’s final (4pm) at Lusail Stadium, FIFA will reward the top scorer in the competition. Barring unlikely chances, there can be no more winners.
Assists then playing time
The Golden Boot rules allow for a draw between players in the event of a tie in the number of goals scored. In this case, the winner is the one with the most assists. If this criterion is not enough, the total number of minutes played is included in the comparison: the one who spends the least time on the pitch is ranked first.
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Before the kickoff of the final, Lionel Messi is ahead of Kylian Mbappé because he has one more assist (three to two). However, if the Frenchman manages to match the Argentine on this point, he will be ahead thanks to his lower playing time (477 minutes against 570).
Behind them, Julián Álvarez and Olivier Giroud will need to perform exceptionally well in this final to win the Golden Boot with just five goals. The two men did not provide the slightest assist in this tournament. But a double might be enough if Mbappé and Messi remain silent.