Jamie Redknapp believes Lautaro Martinez will beat Harry Kane in the World Cup Golden Boot race
“Whoever wins the Golden Boot usually scores a lot of goals in their group games. Argentina have got Saudi Arabia in their group so that’s why I’ve gone for them. Harry Kane has a great opportunity as well when you look at the fixtures, starting against Iran. No one has ever won back-to-back Golden Boots so it would be great to see him do that. Martinez will get goals for Argentina.”
Both the strikers have been in good form this season for their teams in their respective leagues. However, the England international has better numbers as compared to the Argentine.
Kane has scored 13 goals for Spurs in 22 games in all competitions, while Martinez has scored eight in 21 games in all competitions. This will be the Argentine’s first World Cup, while Kane was the top scorer in the last with six goals.
The England international and captain is also the talisman for his team, with the 29-year-old expected to again challenge for the golden boot. No one has ever won the prize back-to-back, but Kane could make history should he manage to do so.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi will likely have all the focus for Argentina, with the Paris-Saint Germain forward one of the favourites to lift the cup for the first time in his career. While Martinez will likely play an important role, we don’t believe he will outscore Kane.
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Both the teams have been relatively drawn in easy groups, which could allow the strikers to rack up some numbers. With both sides expected to go deep in the competitions, who will ultimately lift the Golden Boot remains to be seen.