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|
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|
|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|
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|
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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