Written by Monkey Woods

Saturday, 7 July 2018

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The main contender for the Golden Boot

The World Cup is well into its final stages, and, as well as the question over its eventual winners, fans are also speculating as to who might win the Golden Boot, the accolade of being the tournament's highest scorer.

Belgium eliminated Brazil last night, and France beat Uruguay. England and Sweden play later today, as do Russia and Croatia. England's Harry Kane is currently on 6 goals, with Belgium's Romelu Lukaku on 4. Further back on 3 are France's Kylian Mbappe, and two Russians, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba. The runaway leader at this stage, however, is Owen Gole with 10.

Kane, the only player who could realistically catch OG, has a maximum of three games left in which to do it, but if OG scores again, the Spurs striker's task becomes even more difficult.

Indeed, there are some who are already saying that Kane would be an unworthy winner of the Golden Boot. His three goals against Panama were made up of two penalties and a fortuitous and accidental flick off his heel that he knew nothing about, and his quarter-final goal against Colombia - yet another spot-kick! - must also be counted as 'dubious', the referee's decision being as hotly-disputed as it was.

One thing that is in Gole's favour, is that he plays in every game still to take place - six more matches! - and, on current form, only a fool would bet against him adding to his already-impressive tally.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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