Can someone steal the World Cup Golden Boot from England's Harry Kane?
World Cup 2018 promised to be a unique event. Tactics were in a positive cycle again after a long spell at the opposite end of the spectrum. There were many teams that could win the tournament and more players who could claim the Golden Boot. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi might be entering their final World Cups. Would they go out with a bang? In-form forwards like Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Edinson Cavani graced the pitch. Not to forget those returning from injury like Neymar or the young upstarts like Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford. Diego Costa, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Antoine Griezmann were coming, too. Two players still have an outside shot at the award but it was an Englishman atypically clinical from the spot who would gain a stranglehold on the award going into the final.
The competition has been so fierce Gary Lineker’s long-standing record of braces in consecutive matches was matched twice in 24 hours. The race appears decided but before we fit the slipper on Cinderella let's look at the jealous stepsisters still in with a shout.