Golden Boot Tracker: Who is Leading All Goalscorers in Qatar?

Golden Boot Tracker: Who is Leading All Goalscorers in Qatar? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The World Cup trophy might be the centerpiece, but there’s a whole slew of hardware up for grabs in Qatar. Chief among them is the Golden Boot, awarded to the tournament’s leading goalscorer.

Six goals appear to be the magic number — leading seven of the last 10 tournaments.

Will Harry Kane become the first player to win multiple Golden Boots in his pursuit to win England its first major trophy in 56 years? Or one of the Argentinian duo Lionel Messi or Lautaro Martinez might put on an offensive clinic for Group C? Or perhaps a complete unknown will burst on the scene with a barrage of goals.

Check back for an update at the end of each day of competition.

Two goals

Bukayo Saka, England

Saka helped set the tone for England near the end of the first half when a corner kick bounced off teammate Harry Maguire and landed at the top of the 6-yard box. The 21-year-old took a clean strike at the ball to put his country up 2-0.

He finished the day with a brace after scoring in the 61st minute.

Saka’s opening-game performance made him the third youngest World Cup goalscorer in England’s history — behind Michael Owen and teammate Jude Bellingham, who started off the Lions’ 6-2 thrashing.

Mehdi Taremi, Iran

Taremi was the one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing start to Iran. When goalie Alireza Beiranvand went down with a head injury, the Iranian team found themselves overwhelmed by the English offense.

While all hope for an upset was quickly lost as England took a 3-0 lead into halftime, Taremi did everything in his power to minimize the fallout on goal differential. The 30-year-old forward with Porto snuck behind the English defense and took a quick shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Taremi added a penalty kick in stoppage time to record a brace for Iran.

Enner Valencia, Ecuador

Valencia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with two first-half goals in the tournament opener against Qatar. He could’ve had three were it not for a VAR offsides call in the third minute.

The 33-year-old has almost equaled his 2014 total of three goals and looks like the key to Ecuador’s chances out of the group stage.