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World Cup 2022: Each team at the tournament and who will be taking their penalties


The first-ever winter World Cup is now just under six weeks away and with the excitement and tension building, we’ve looked at each team and checked out who will be the man in charge of taking penalties for each nation.

Penalties are crucial at the World Cup when it comes to scoring records for players, a couple of goals from the spot can drastically change your chances of winning the prestigious Golden Boot award. In fact, last World Cup, Harry Kane won the prize with a whopping 50% of his goals coming from the spot. Below will be a table of the past Golden Boot winners at the World Cup and how many penalties they scored.

Previous Golden Boot Winners + Penalties Scored That Tournament

year top scorer country matches played goals scoreed penalties scored
2018 Harry Kane England 6 6 3
2014 James Rodríguez Columbia 5 6 1
2010 Thomas Müller Germany 6 5 0
2006 Miroslav Klose Germany 7 5 0
2002 Ronaldo Brazil 7 8 0
1998 Davor Suker Croatia 7 6 1
1994 Oleg Salenko Russia 3 6 2
1994 Hristo Stoitchkov Bulgaria 7 6 3
1990 Salvatore Schillaci Italy 7 6 1
1986 Gary Lineker England 5 6 0
1982 Paolo Rossi Italy 7 6 0

In a previous study we conducted on BettingOdds, we took a look at how the penalty count has risen since the implementation of VAR. With the small number of goals needed to win the award, you’d have to fancy one of the major teams’ penalty-takers to rack up a decent tally strong enough to contest the elusive trophy.

But just who will be taking the penalties for each nation at the World Cup? Well, look no further than the table below for each team's regular penalty taker, and their backup option just in case of an injury or substitution.

Each Nation And Their Penalty Takers

team penalty taker backup penalty taker
Argentina Lionel Messi Lautaro Martinez
Australia Jamie Maclaren Jason Cummings
Belgium Romelu Lukaku Eden Hazard
Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho
Cameroon Vincent Aboubakar Moumi Ngamaleu
Canada Alphonso Davies Junior Hoilett
Costa Rica Celso Borges Johan Venegas
Croatia Luka Modrič Ivan Perišič
Denmark Christian Eriksen Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Ecuador Enner Valencia Juan Cuadrado
England Harry Kane Marcus Rashford
France Kylian Mbappé Karim Benzema
Germany Ilkay Gundogan Thomas Muller
Ghana Jordan Ayew André Ayew
Iran Karim Ansarifard Ehsan Hajsafi
Japan Takumi Minamino Yuya Osako
Mexico Raul Jimenez Orbelin Pineda
Morocco Sofiane Boufal Youssef En Nesyri
Netherlands Memphis Depay Steven Berghuis
Poland Robert Lewandowski Krzysztof Piątek
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Bruno Fernandes
Qatar Akram Afif Hassan Al-Haydos
Saudi Arabia Salem Al-Dawsari Yahya al-Shehri
Senegal Sadio Mane Ismaila Sarr
Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović Dusan Tadič
South Korea Heung-min Son Young-wook Cho
Spain Alvaro Morata Pablo Sarabia
Switzerland Ricardo Rodriguez Haris Seferovic
Tunisia Wahbi Khazri Seifeddine Jaziri
United States Christian Pulišič Giovanni Reyna
Uruguay Luis Suarez Edinson Cavani
Wales Gareth Bale Harry Wilson
World Cup 2022 Odds

In relation to the top scorer market ahead of the World Cup, looking at the above list we’ve also picked out the top ten nation’s at the tournament and what price their main penalty taker is.

Player Nation Top scorer odds
Harry Kane England 7/1
Kylian Mbappe France 9/1
Lionel Messi Argentina 14/1
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 16/1
Neymar Brazil 16/1
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 20/1
Memphis Depay Netherlands 25/1
Alvaro Morata Spain 50/1
Ilkay Gundogan Germany 150/1
Christian Eriksen Denmark 200/1

As for the last few tournaments, Harry Kane finds himself as the favourite in the World Cup Top Scorer Odds market with Mbappe just on behind him. The value well and truly could be with Alvaro Morata at 50/1 who is Spain’s main penalty taker and is with a nation that is represented as the fifth favourite in the outright market. Elsewhere, Lukaku looks a big price at 20/1 given his goalscoring record, what is safe to say, is this is going to be a seriously competitive race for the Golden Boot.

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