Lukaku, Harry Kane, Christiano Ronald; they are now the contenders for the Golden Boot, but for now their main rival seems to be own-Goal, also known as ‘og’.
Own-goal has thus far scored for teams like Iran, France, Croatia, and Senegal. They have also popped up with one for the host, Russia. Christiano Ronaldo’s 4 goals at the World Cup are closest to catching the five own goals scored after 17 games.
The only tournament to have more own-goals was in the FIFA World Cup, France. At the time there were 6 in the entire tournament.
At Russia World Cup-2018, however, the first own-goal was scored on June 15th, when Iran took Morocco in their Group-B Match. In that match own-goal took the guise of Moroccan forward Aziz Bouhadduz. In that match Iran had clinched their 2nd victory in World Cup History.
First one came against the USA in France 1998. The second own-goal of the session came from the match between France and Australia in Group-C game on 16th June, 2018, When Australian defender Aziz Behich was the culprit. That time the goal was decisive and France won the game by 2-1 goal.
On same day Nigerian mid-fielder Etebo was the next player who scored own-goal at Russia-2018. He turned a Luka Modrich corner into his own net to give Croatia’s their 1st goal in their 2-0 win in Group-D match.
On 19th June, Senegal took advantage from Poland’s own-goal and finished the match by a 2-1 lead. In Russia versus Egypt match, ‘og’ was again scored by Egyptian mid-fielder Ahmed Fathi. That goal helped Russian team to secure a position in Round of 16; the host won the match 3-1 score.
Now Luka Modrich, Cristiano Ronaldo, British Star Hary Kane and Lukaku were the nearest rivals of og. But we have to wait until 15th July, to see if own-goal can pick up the tournament’s golden boot or not.
Expert says, as per Club Football history Everton’s player Billy Balmer recorded most own-goal (8 goals) in around 300 matches.
In World Cup football history (from the Julerime Cup to World Cup) the 1st own-goal was scored by Mexican Manuel Rosas at Uruguay World Cup, on 16 July, 1930. Many renowned players like Andre Escobar, Carlos Puyol, Manuel Petit, have embarrassed their team for scoring own-goal.