2022 World Cup forward power rankings: Matchday 2

Tom Gott
France are flying
France are flying / Lionel Hahn/GettyImages
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The second round of group stage fixtures is done and dusted, with forwards from across the globe all shining in Qatar.

Here are 90min's top ten forwards after matchday two of the 2022 World Cup.


10. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia, new entry)

Andrej Kramaric
Two goals for Kramaric / Koji Watanabe/GettyImages

Kramaric got his World Cup up and running with two goals in Croatia's 4-1 victory over Canada.

Playing out on the right wing, the Hoffenheim hitman made the difference.


9. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands, up 1)

Cody Gakpo
Gakpo's price tag is rising / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Another goal for Gakpo as he took his tally for the tournament up to two in as many games.

Scoring against Ecuador hasn't been easy recently, but the in-demand Dutchman found a way through.


8. Dani Olmo (Spain, new entry)

Dani Olmo
Olmo asked questions of Germany / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Luis Enrique has quickly put his faith in RB Leipzig star Olmo, and understandably so.

While he didn't score this time against Germany, he played a major role in keeping Spain on top.


7. Ousmane Dembele (France, new entry)

Ousmane Dembele
Dembele has impressed / Stu Forster/GettyImages

France have impressed this winter and Dembele has played a major part in that.

The Barcelona winger continued his impressive form with a solid showing against Denmark.


6. Jamal Musiala (Germany, new entry)

Jamal Musiala
Musiala ran the show / Richard Sellers/GettyImages

This kid is special.

Musiala is already a leader for club and country and he was undoubtedly Germany's star performer as they secured a potentially vital 1-1 draw with Luis Enrique's side.


5. Lionel Messi (Argentina, new entry)

Lionel Messi
Messi came to the rescue / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Messi's goal against Mexico may well end up being one of the top moments of the entire tournament, purely because of the atmosphere in the stadium when it went in.

Argentina are still alive and kicking in Qatar, and they have Messi to thank for that.


4. Alvaro Morata (Spain, new entry)

Alvaro Morata
Morata shone off the bench / Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Morata has been used off the bench in both of Spain's games so far, and he's made the most of his opportunities.

After scoring against Costa Rica, Morata upped the levels as he bagged a massive goal in the 1-1 draw with Germany.


3. Olivier Giroud (France, down 2)

Olivier Giroud
Giroud is in pursuit of history / Stu Forster/GettyImages

The wait to become France's all-time top scorer goes on for Giroud, who drew a blank against Denmark.

He was substituted on the hour mark after a certain somebody who may feature later in these rankings opened the scoring.


2. Enner Valencia (Ecuador, up 4)

Enner Valencia
Valencia can't stop scoring / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Two goals against Qatar was impressive from Valencia but he took things to another level with his strike against the Netherlands.

He's climbed up to top spot on the World Cup scoring charts, alongside...


1. Kylian Mbappe (France, up 3)

Kylian Mbappé
Mbappe is on fire / Lionel Hahn/GettyImages

Tied with Valencia atop the standings is Mbappe, who tormented Denmark.

Two more goals for the PSG star, who'll be hoping to match Giroud in France's history books before long.


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