So far, England’s Harry Kane seems to be on track to win the Golden Boot with his 6 goals, but in the World Cup of Upsets anything can happen, and Sweden may just send him home on Saturday (See here).

Next up is Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku with 4 goals, followed by Kylian Mbappe (France), Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba from Russia and Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) on 3 goals each.

Lukaku could still be in with an outside chance in the unlikely event that Sweden eliminates England without Kane scoring a goal on Saturday – provided he scores three goals for Belgium in his game(s).

Possible contenders Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) with 4 goals and Diego Costa (Spain) and Yerry Mina (Colombia) both with 3, have been eliminated in the second round.

The Golden Boot standings are as follows at the end of the second round – with Nike clearly in the lead:

Golden Boot contenders

6 goals Harry Kane Nike Hypervenom Phantom III
4 goals Romelu Lukaku Puma ONE
3 goals Kylian Mbappe Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite
3 goals Denis Cheryshev Nike Mercurial Vapor XII Elite
3 goals Artem Dzyuba Nike Mercurial Vapor XII Elite
3 goals Edinson Cavani Nike Hypervenom Phantom DF

Out of the contest

4 goals Cristiano Ronaldo Nike Mercurial Superfly VI Elite
3 goals Diego Costa adidas X18
3 goals Yerry Mina adidas Predator 18

Which is, of course, no conciliation for the Iranian team who had their boot contracts rescinded when Nike decided to follow Trump’s sanctions against Iran – a big talking point during the early stages of the World Cup.

Nike boots are the clear goal-producing winners with 82 goals scored so far in the 2018 World Cup,– especially the Mercurial, which produced 36 goals and is worn by three of the current Golden Boot contenders. Of the 130 goals scored so far, Nike boots produced 63% – the Mercurial alone 28%.

Adidas boots have up to now scored 31 goals (24% of all scored) and PUMA 8 (6%).

Three goals were scored by players wearing ASICS, 2 with Mizuno boots and Under Armour and Umbro boots each produced 1 goal.