World Cup Watchlist #9 – Battle for the Golden Boot

World Cup Watchlist #9 – Battle for the Golden Boot

(WVUE) - With the 2018 World Cup on FOX 8 kicking off June 14th from Russia, we are previewing ten storylines that are worth keeping an eye on as the tournament goes on.

#9 – Battle for the Golden Boot

This honor goes to the top scorer throughout the tournament and since 1966, that has meant at least five goals necessary to take home the trophy. 2014 saw Colombia's James Rodriguez win with six goals, despite playing in just five games (out of a possible seven for championship participants.)

Argentina's Lionel Messi is the betting favorite to bag the most goals entering the tournament, followed by Brazil's Neymar, France's Antoine Griezmann, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and England's Harry Kane.

In 2010, Germany's Thomas Muller, Spain's David Villa and Holland's Wesley Sneijder all had five goals. The tie was broken by assists and then minutes played.

FOX 8 will broadcast 38 games from Russia, from first kick to final trophy presentation. The first five games on FOX 8 are:

Thursday, June 14th at 10 AM – Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Friday, June 15th at 10 AM – Morocco vs Iran

Friday, June 15th at 1 PM – Portugal vs Spain

Saturday, June 16th at 10 AM – Argentina vs Iceland

Sunday, June 17th at 7 AM – Costa Rica vs Serbia

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