Is six of the best enough?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 July, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 July, 1994, 12:00am

OLEG Salenko's remarkable five-goal performance against Cameroon put him on six goals overall, top scorer so far. But with his side's elimination he won't have a chance to add to it. Nevertheless, recent precedent says that even though Russia failed to advance beyond the group stage, that total could be enough to make Salenko the tournament's top marksman. In the past four World Cups six goals have been enough to win the top scorer's title, although each of the players concerned had more than Salenko's three games. Salvatore Schillaci of Italy hit his half dozen while appearing in seven games as the host country came third in 1990; in Mexico 1986, England's Gary Lineker hit his six in five matches on the way to the quarter-finals; Spain in 1982 saw Italy's Paulo Rossi bag six in Italy's seven-game march to victory; and in 1978 Mario Kempes got the six up in seven games for hosts-winners Argentina.