The FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of success in world football. The majestic tournament has seen many great players become legends over the years. The greatness of honor and glory has inspired many great footballing nations to participate in the World Cup throughout its long history that has lasted more than nine decades. With the 2022 edition in Qatar, the excitement continues to mount and fans are as eager as ever.
Miroslav Klose is the all-time top goal scorer in FIFA World Cup history, with 16 goals to his name. No player has won the Golden Boot twice in World Cup history. However, only three players in the history of the World Cup have managed to reach double figures. Let’s have a look at them.
Sandor Kossis 1954
Hungarian legend, Sándor Kosciusz opened the 1954 FIFA World Cup with a hat-trick against South Korea. He bettered that feat in his next match against Germany by scoring four goals. Kossis scored two more goals in the quarter-finals against Brazil. He followed this up with another brace in the semi-finals against Uruguay. However, Kosciusz could not find the back of the net in the final against Germany and Hungary eventually lost the game.
Bus Fontaine 1958
Just Fontaine still holds the record for most goals scored in a single edition of the World Cup final. Famously, he scored four goals against the then defending champions, West Germany. He holds the ridiculous record of scoring 13 goals in six matches, which remains unmatched till date.
Gerd Muller 1970
The last name on the list is German legend Gerd Müller, who scored 10 goals in the 1970 edition held in Mexico. However, West Germany could only finish third, which did not prevent Müller from winning the Golden Boot. His notable goals were a brace against England in the quarter-finals and a brace against Italy in the semi-finals.