Cameron Smith crowned Golden Boot winner

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 01:29:44 PM. Cameron Smith is crowned the world's best rugby league player this year, taking out the code's Golden Boot award.

Cameron Smith of the Kangaroos kicks during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match against France. Photo: Australia's Cameron Smith has received another honour, winning the Golden Boot as rugby league's world player of the year for 2017. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

Cameron Smith has been crowned this year's Golden Boot winner as the world's best rugby league player.

Smith won the game's highest individual honour from a field comprising Melbourne teammate Suilasi Vunivalu, North Queensland star Jason Taumalolo and Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary.

"I've been very fortunate this entire year that performances have fallen the way they have," Smith said in Brisbane.

It is the second time Smith has been named the best player in the world, having also won the award in 2007.

Smith led the Melbourne Storm to this year's NRL premiership with a 34-6 grand final win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

He also led Queensland to a 2-1 series victory over New South Wales in State of Origin, and will skipper the Kangaroos in Saturday night's World Cup final against England in Brisbane.

Smith said the one goal that has evaded him during his career is winning back to back premierships.

The 34-year-old has won everything there is in rugby league, except a successful title defence.

"There's been a few sides there after they've won a premiership, I was involved in a couple of those teams and we couldn't get the job done," Smith said.

"It's a really really hard thing to do, so that would be a pretty special achievement, to be a part of a side that could go back to back [as] premiers."


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