World Cup 2022 Expert Picks: Golden Boot, Golden Ball and Young Player

You by no means know who’s going to shine on the World Cup. Sure, you’ll be able to guess Lionel Messi and Neymar are going to placed on a present, however it’s more durable to foretell who the subsequent Diego Forlan and James Rodriguez will probably be.

Forward of the event, we requested 12 FOX Sports activities soccer analysts to decide on their favorites to win essentially the most prestigious particular person awards: the Golden Boot, Golden Ball and Young Player Award. 

Here is who they landed on:

Young Player Award

1. Jude Bellingham (3)

2. Jamal Musiala (2)

3. Vinicius Junior (2)

Others receiving votes: Ansu Fati, Gavi, Pedri, Kylian Mbappe, Dušan Vlahović

Doug McIntyre: Pedri. The 19-year-old Spaniard is likely one of the brightest lights within the world sport, and the inheritor obvious to undersized Barcelona attackers of yesteryear comparable to Xavi, Andres Iniesta and sure, Lionel Messi. Pedri hasn’t fairly damaged out with Barça simply but, and he has simply 14 caps (and no objectives) for Spain. I nonetheless assume he is able to a breakout efficiency for a workforce that would go deep into the knockout spherical and even win all of it. 

Martin Rogers: Kylian Mbappe. Nonetheless younger, and there’s no yet one more electrifying that the French ahead when he’s operating at tempo.

Landon Donovan: Dušan Vlahović. Serbia is in an extremely powerful group however have the flexibility to advance if Vlahovic continues his scorching kind.

Serbia’s Dusan Vlahovic

Vlahovic is understood for his ending, motion and aerial capacity,

Carli Lloyd: I’ve three I’m excited to look at: 1. Gavi. On the age of 18, he’s particular. He’s strong on protection, and on offense he’s so good with the ball at his ft and may rating objectives. 2. Pedri. He is versatile, he desires the ball, he is world-class at discovering and making area, and he is technically gifted. 3. Phil Foden. I used to be capable of see him play and practice after I performed at Manchester Metropolis and was advised he was going to be particular. His confidence has grown a ton. He has develop into scientific together with his ending capacity and capable of unlock defenses, placing gamers on their heels.

Aly Wagner: That is essentially the most thrilling query as a result of there are a lot of! However I would need to go together with Musiala. He simply entertains: He is tactical, he is fearless, he takes dangers. I like his type. He is received the aptitude to go together with the approach. He is electrical when he is on. He may be an unbelievable breakout star within the World Cup.

Stu Holden: Jamal Musiala. Having an unbelievable season for Bayern, the sky is the restrict for Musiala. He can rating, help and has an all-around sport on German workforce.

Chad Johnson: Ansu Fati. He simply turned 20 and is extensively thought to be one of the crucial gifted younger footballers on the planet.

Kelly Smith: Vinicius Junior. He is develop into a completely key factor of Actual Madrid’s workforce and has the potential to ignite this World Cup. I am additionally actually excited to see Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham, already two of the very best central midfielders on the earth.

Maurice Edu: There are fairly just a few however Jamal Musiala and Jude Bellingham. At simply 19, each gamers have proven they’re true stars within the making. The expertise stage and ceiling is extremely excessive for each of those gamers, and I am excited to see them thrive on the most important worldwide stage.

Cobi Jones: I am glad the query was to look at. It is easy to say Vinicius Junior. He has been spectacular at Madrid. So apparent. Then I might give one other Brazilian in Antony — if he will get the taking part in time.

Brazil’s Vinicius Junior

Brazil's Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Junior is understood for his pace, technical capacity and ending.

Eniola Aluko: Jude Bellingham for England has been distinctive for Dortmund and for England to this point this season. He’s just about performed himself into the beginning line up earlier than the beginning of the World Cup. With out the likes of Haaland on the World Cup, I am unable to see one other younger participant who has the extent of statue and affect for his or her nation as Jude Bellingham does for England.

Warren Barton: Bellingham. I believe he is getting a number of consideration. They communicate of him as the subsequent $100 million man that is going to return out of [Borussia Dortmund]. And hear: Pep Guardiola mentioned he is the very best 19-year-old he is ever seen — I believe that speaks volumes.

Golden Boot

1. Kylian Mbappe (4)

2. Lautaro Martinez (3)

3. Neymar (2)

Others receiving votes: Karim Benzema, Harry Kane, Richarlison 

McIntyre: Lautaro Martínez. Each World Cup incorporates a breakout star, and the Argentine striker is poised to take that function in Qatar. Martínez is a prolific scorer for Inter Milan in Italy’s uber-defensive Serie A. He does not want a number of possibilities, and taking part in alongside Lionel Messi for his nation will each open up area that he can exploit and supply service from among the best playmakers within the historical past of the game.

Rogers: Harry Kane. As a result of you’ll be able to count on him to account for an enormous proportion of the objectives to return from a good — and optimistic — England workforce.

Wagner: It is exhausting to not say Kane since he is simply so extremely constant. And with their pathway, I believe they will do the space. Plus, he takes their penalties. However I’d land on Ricarlison.

Smith: That is so tough: [Robert] Lewandowski performs for a Polish workforce that may wrestle, whereas Kane’s link-up play means he may help greater than he scores. If France hearth, I would need to go for Kylian Mbappe.

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Lloyd: Anybody’s guess as video games are getting harder. I will put up Lautaro Martinez. Argentina is more likely to go deep within the event and provides extra alternatives, and so they have some potential video games to move the stats early on.

Aluko: I believe this might go to Mbappe. The France group is one I see them dominating, and Mbappe is more likely to rack up objectives within the group and proceed the shape into knockout phases. He’s a big-game participant.

Barton: Neymar. I believe the way in which they’re taking part in, Brazil, and the probabilities that he creates, the set items, the group that they are in; I believe they get off to an excellent begin.

Golden Ball

1. Lionel Messi (9)

Others receiving votes: Gavi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe

McIntyre: Lionel Messi. If Argentina go on a deep run – and I count on them to succeed in the semis, on the very least, and Messi carries his lights-out latest membership kind into Qatar, there isn’t any method the participant most contemplate the best of all time will not get the vote in his ultimate World Cup look.

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Rogers: Gavi. An 18-year-old? Actually? Simply contemplate this; if Spain goes deep, it will likely be as a result of Gavi and his younger pal Pedri have run the midfield with the brilliance they’re able to.

Wagner: Let’s go Messi. Let’s give him some love.

Smith: Lionel Messi: this Argentina workforce appears actually good, and Messi is the important thing cog and nonetheless the very best all-round participant on the earth.

Jones: Lionel Messi. I believe this may fall to Messi for numerous causes. Perhaps a little bit of historical past. However Argentina is not going to be solely depending on Messi for every part, so it should permit him to be extra influential to others. He’ll create the sport.

Aluko: Lionel Messi. As that is his final World Cup, and he has discovered his groove for PSG and Argentina, I believe the World Cup may very well be an incredible final dance for Messi.

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