It takes a special set of circumstances to win the World Cup Golden Boot.
Not only do you have to be a selfish goal-getter but your team, generally, has to go deep into the tournament and on top of that you of course need a little bit of luck.
But how many goals do you need to score to win the most selfish prize in football?
Two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals were brilliantly taken set-pieces and the other was thanks to a large amount of luck and David De Gea momentarily turning into Loris Karius.
And with an opening game hat-trick Portugal national icon and leader is well on his way to adding a World Cup Golden Boot to his bursting-at-the-seams trophy cabinet.
With a potential six games left for Ronaldo the statistics suggest he needs just three more goals to be crowned the best goalscorer in the world.
So let’s take a look at how many goals have clinched the Golden Boot in recent tournaments?
THE OG GOAT
Back in 2002, O Fenomeno set South Korea and Japan alight in a blur of stepovers, bullying defenders and more slid finishes than you’ve had hot dinners.
The Brazil team went all the way and won the World Cup meaning OG Ronaldo got a full seven games to score as many as he could.
And fill his boots he did.
Ronaldo scored an incredible eight goals in the 2002 tournament, the most since Gerd Muller bagged 10 for West Germany in 1970.
THE GERMAN WORLD CUP SCORING MACHINES
Germany are pretty good at World Cups, aren’t they?
The Germans won the gong in 2006 and 2010 with five goals both times.
Miroslav Klose was the ultimate poacher at his home tournament before a 22-year-old Thomas Muller bagged himself five in South Africa.
That means Ronaldo may only need two more and let me remind you, he’s only played one game.
THE BREAKOUT STAR
With absolutely no pressure on him, James Rodriguez burst onto the scene at Brazil 2014 with six goals to nab himself the golden boot.
But not only did he score six times in five games, two of them were bona fide worldies.
THE UNHEARED OF MAVERICK
Now, last but not least in recent Golden Boot winners is Russia Oleg Salenko.
You might not remember his antics in the 1994 World Cup but he still retains some remarkable records from the tournament in the USA.
Salenko and Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov both scored six goals, but what separates Salenko is that he scored all his goals in the group stage as Russia went out after three matches.
Not only that but those strikes were the only international goals he’s ever scored.
Went to Rangers to join up with Paul Gascoigne and was never heard of again.
Anyway back to Ronaldo’s brilliance.
He almost single-handedly dragged Portugal level against Spain and he could further add to his tally against Morocco and Iran in the remaining group stage games.
Shall we give it to him now?