Mbappe wins Golden Boot, Messi declared best player

Although Kylian Mbappe wasn’t aiming for it as the ultimate prize, he won the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot award after scoring three goals in Sunday’s final against Argentina, with a total of eight in the tournament.

Lionel Messi finished with seven goals and would have won the tiebreaker on assists had he and Mbappe tied. However, he named the best player of the tournament.

In the process Mbappe, who will celebrate his 24th birthday on Tuesday, became the first Frenchman to win the Golden Boot, though Just Fontaine scored a record 13 goals at the 1958 World Cup, but it was before the award was introduced.

Meanwhile, Mbappe is also just the fifth man to score in multiple World Cup finals and the second to score in back-to-back finals.

What Mbappe can’t say is that he’s the youngest Golden Boot winner ever. Germany’s Thomas Müller won it as a 20-year-old at the 2010 World Cup. Müller finished a goal shy of becoming the first two-time Golden Boot winner in 2014.

On the other hand, Enzo Fernandez of Argentina was handed the award for best young player at the tournament while Emiliano Martinez bagged the Golden Glove – the best goalkeeper award.

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