Kylian Mbappe Current Affairs - 2020

Leonel Messi wins 6th Golden Shoe award

Barcelona FC captain Leonel Messi won the Golden Shoe for the 2018/19 season, for being the top scorer in the European leagues with 36 goals (in 34 games). This is his sixth Golden Shoe.

Key Highlights

Messi has won the trophy for a 3rd straight year (or consecutively) after scoring 36 goals. His goals are only three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonel Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his legendary rival Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional footballer.

About European Golden Shoe (or European Golden Boot)

The award was originally called Soulier d’Or, which in French translates means as Golden Shoe/Boot. The award was created in the 1967–68 season when it was won by Eusebio. Since 1996–97 season the award is given by European Sports Media.

This award trophy is in shape of a football boot and is presented each season to leading goal scorer in league matches from top division of every European national league.

France wins 2018 FIFA World Cup Football title

France has won 2018 FIFA World Cup Football by defeating Croatia by 4-2 goals in the final match held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia . It was France’s second World Cup crown after it had own it in 1998 (by defeating Brazil) on home soil. With this, victory France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning World Cup for a second time. It was Croatia’s first World Cup final appearance and smallest country ever to reach final in the modern era.

Goal Scores: For France, four goals were scored by Mario Mandžukić (Croatia’s self-goal at 18 min), Antoine Griezmann (38 min), Paul Pogba (59 min) and Kylian Mbappe (65 min). For Croatia, two goals were scored by Ivan Perišić (28 min), Mario Mandzukic (69 min).

2018 FIFA World Cup Awards

  • Top 4 team rankings: France (1st, Winner), Croatia (2nd, Croatia), Belgium (3rd) and England (4th).
  • Golden Ball award: Luka Modric (Croatia).
  • Golden Boot award: Harry Kane (England captain) for scoring six goals across six games.
  • Golden Glove award: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium).
  • FIFA Young Player award: 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe (France).
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain for superb disciplinary record.

Next World Cup: Qatar will be hosting next FIFA World Cup in 2022. It will be the first Arab country to host World Cup and it will also for first time it will be held in Middle East region.

FIFA World Cup

It is an international association football competition contested by senior men’s national teams of members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. It is held every four years since the inaugural tournament held in 1930. The total 21 World Cup tournaments played so far have been won by eight national teams. Brazil has won for recode five times and it is only team that has played in every World Cup. Germany and Italy have each won four titles, Argentina, France and Uruguay have won two titles each. England and Spain has won one title each.