Premier League Golden Boot Winners Through the Years

The Premier League Golden Boot is a coveted trophy awarded to the player who has scored the most goals that season.  Few can argue the talent of the winners and in recent seasons it’s helped playing for a top four club.

With only a couple of games left of the 2016-17 season, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku leads the way with 24 goals – two more than last season’s winner Harry Kane.  Alexis Sánchez isn’t far behind on 21, with both Sunderland and Everton left to play.  Paddy Power football odds have the Chilean at 16/1 to overtake Lukaku and Kane at the end of the season.

Here’s a look at the previous winners of the Premier League Golden Boot since the league was renamed and rebranded in 1992:

1992-93 Teddy Sheringham (Nottingham Forest/Tottenham Hotspur) – 22 goals

Teddy Sheringham is the only player on the list to have won the Golden Boot whilst playing for two teams in the same season.  The former-England international scored one goal for Nottingham Forest in the inaugural Premier League season before transferring to Tottenham Hotspur where he became a hit.

Queens Park Rangers’ Les Ferdinand became the second player in Premier League history to score 20 goals as he finished runner-up for the Golden Boot award with his side finishing 5th.

1993-94 Andrew Cole (Newcastle United) – 34 goals

Andrew Cole became the first player to score 30 goals in a single Premier League season and did so in his first.  The prolific striker had helped fire Newcastle United into the top flight after signing from Bristol City in the latter stages of the season and would keep up his scoring streak in the Premier League also, helping Kevin Keegan’s side finish third – the joint-best from a team following their promotion.

Alan Shearer wasn’t far behind as the Blackburn Rovers striker scored 31 goals as his side finished runners-up to Manchester United.

1994-95 Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) – 34 goals

This was the final Premier League season with 22 games.  As a result, Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer hold the record for scoring as many 34 goals each in a single season.  They played 40 and 42 games respectively.

Blackburn Rovers would win the Premier League behind goals from Shearer and Chris Sutton and Jack Walker’s money.  Unfortunately, Rovers have been poorly run over the past few years and will be playing League One football next season.

Robbie Fowler finished some nine goals behind Shearer in second place in the scoring chart.

1995-96 Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) – 31 goals

Alan Shearer netted 30+ goals for a third consecutive season but Blackburn Rovers failed to sustain any serious defence of their Premier League title, finishing fourth and with Manchester United running away with the title.  Shearer became the first player to win the Golden Boot back-to-back; an achievement only matched by Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie since.

Robbie Fowler was runner-up once more, scoring a personal best 28 goals for Liverpool during 1995-96.

1996-97 Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) – 25 goals

Following a world record £15 million transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United after winning the Euro 96 Golden Boot, Alan Shearer continued his goalscoring run as he won the Premier League Golden Boot for the third successive season.

Newcastle United would finish runners-up for a second consecutive season and following the resignation of manager Kevin Keegan in January the Magpies would start to drop down the league in the following seasons.

Arsenal’s Ian Wright finished runner-up with 23 goals.  His side would miss out on Champions League qualification as league runners-up to Newcastle by four goals as Europe’s elite club cup competition expanded to two teams from England and other European leagues.

1997-98 Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers), Dion Dublin (Coventry City) & Michael Owen (Liverpool) – 18 goals each

The Golden Boot was shared for the first time as there were three joint-top scorers each on a meagre 18 goals during the 1997-98 season.  Dennis Bergkamp top scored for champions Arsenal with only 16 goals, whilst Manchester United’s top scorer was Andrew Cole on 15 goals.  Owen is the youngest player to have ever ended the season as the Premier League top scorer.

Dion Dublin is the only player to have won the Golden Boot whilst finishing in the bottom half of the table as Coventry City finished 11th in 1997-98.  Both Dublin and Owen scored their 18 goals in 36 games meaning their 0.5 goals-to-games ration is the joint-lowest in Premier League history for a Golden Boot winner – sharing the record with Hasselbaink who had the same record the following season.

1998-99 Michael Owen (Liverpool), Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) & Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United) – 18 goals each

For a second consecutive season the Golden Boot was shared by three players.  These are the only two instances this has happened as also the only two times that the award has been won with as few as 18 goals.

This was the season Manchester United famously won their treble – splitting their Premier League goals among four strikers – Dwight Yorke (18), Andrew Cole (17), Ole Gunnar Solskjær (12) and Teddy Sheringham (2).

1999-2000 Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) – 30 goals

Kevin Phillips’ 30 Premier League goals alongside strike partner Niall Quinn helped Sunderland to a seventh-place finish in the top flight under Peter Reid.  The current assistant coach at Derby County scored 53% of the Black Cats’ goals in 1999-2000 but only managed 31 goals for the same team in the following three seasons combined.

Newcastle’s Alan Shearer was still a highly-prolific striker, finishing behind Phillips with 23 goals.

2000-01 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United) – 23 goals

This is the last time that a player playing for a team finishing outside the top four won the Golden Boot as Chelsea finished 6th this season.  Interestingly, there was a winner in each of the three previous seasons that finished outside the top four also – Kevin Phillips and Sunderland finished 7th in 1999-2000, Michael Owen and Liverpool had also finished 7th in 1998-99 and both Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers – 6th) and Dion Dublin (Coventry City – 11th) finished outside the top four in 1997-98.

2000-01 was the campaign that Ipswich Town’s Marcus Stewart was a one season wonder when he netted 19 goals for George Burley’s side who finished in a shock fourth place immediately following their promotion.  However, they were relegated the following season.

2001-02 Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 24 goals

Thierry Henry really turned on the gas in his third season in the Premier League following his £11 million move from Juventus as he would win the Golden Boot for the first time with 24 goals in 2001-02, having scored 17 goals in each of his two previous seasons.  Arsenal won the league this season and accomplished the same feat two years later when Henry picked up the Golden Boot for a second time.

The French striker scored one more goal than Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) and Alan Shearer (Newcastle United).  

2002-03 Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) – 25 goals

Manchester United beat Arsenal to the 2002-03 Premier League title by five points and Ruud van Nistelrooy beat the Gunners’ Thierry Henry to the Golden Boot by one goal.  The Flying Dutchman is one of five different United players to have won both the Premier League and Golden Boot in the same season.

2003-04 Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 30 goals

Thierry Henry won his second Golden Boot in 2003-03 and to date remains the only player to have won both this award and the Premier League in the same season on two occasions.  This was also the third time a player had scored 30 or more goals in a 38-game season; something which has only been repeated twice since.  This was the season Arsenal went through the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten.

Alan Shearer finished behind the French striker with 22 goals.  This would be a record fourth and final time that Shearer would be runner-up in the race for the Golden Boot.  This would also be the former-England captain’s last real prolific season before hanging his boots up at the end of the 2005-06 season.

2004-05 Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 25 goals

Arsenal would lose five games the following season and finish some 12 points behind José Mourinho’s Premier League champions Chelsea.  Thierry Henry’s goals didn’t dry up those as the Frenchman managed to bang in 25 goals and win the Golden Boot for a second successive season.

Crystal Palace’s Andrew Johnson finished runner-up with 21 goals – which included a record 11 penalties in a single season, seven of which he won himself.

2005-06 Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 27 goals

This was Thierry Henry’s record fourth season as the Premier League Golden Boot winner and would be his final as injury struck ruling him out for half of the following season before a move to Barcelona in 2007.  The 1998 World Cup winner remains only the second player to have won the award in three successive seasons.

Ruudy van Nistelrooy was fully fit and prolific again this season, scoring 21 goals for Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid in the summer.

2006-07 Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 20 goals

Didier Drogba only needed 20 goals to win the Golden Boot in 2006-07 but Chelsea would finish six points behind champions Manchester United.  The Ivorian striker only bettered his tally during the 2009-10 season when he scored 29 goals and topped the chart once more.

Blackburn Rovers’ Benni McCarthy netted 18 goals following his move from FC Porto at the start of the season, to earn the South African the runner-up spot.

2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 31 goals

Cristiano Ronaldo obliterated the Premier League in 2007-08 with 31 goals, linking him with a big money move to Real Madrid throughout the season.  Sir Alex Ferguson knew he couldn’t prevent the Portuguese forward from joining the biggest club in the world but was able to hang onto Ronaldo for a further season after he didn’t like how Real Madrid went about their business.

Both Fernando Torres (Liverpool) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) were next on the list with 24 goals – the latter scoring 25% of those versus Derby County, becoming the first and only player to date to score hat-tricks in two games versus the same team in the same season.

2008-09 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) – 19 goals

This was only the third time that the Premier League Golden Boot winner had scored less than 20 goals in a single season and made Nicolas Anelka the only player to have won the award on his own despite only netting in the teens.

Chelsea would finish third this season, whilst Manchester United won the league with the help of Ronaldo’s 18 goals.

2009-10 Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 29 goals

Didier Drogba only scored more than a dozen goals in two campaigns but he was on fire as the striker in Carlo Ancelotti’s freescoring Chelsea side that pipped Manchester United to the title by a point.

2009-10 was the first of only two seasons that Wayne Rooney would score more than 20 goals – he would finish runner-up in the Golden Boot campaign on both occasions.

2010-11 Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) & Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) – 20 goals each

The third and most recent time the Golden Boot has been shared came in 2010-11 when rivals Manchester City and Manchester United saw their players, Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov, share the award.

This was Carlos Tevez’s second season at City and Berbatov’s third at Manchester United.  The Red Devils won the league whilst the Citizens finished third and qualified for the Champions League.

2011-12 Robin van Persie (Arsenal) – 30 goals

One of Arsène Wenger’s last great developments was Robin van Persie.  Few had expected the wide man to turn out as great as he did when the French manager turned him into a striker.  Van Persie had scored 18 goals the previous season before playing a rare 38 Premier League games in a single season, topping the charts with 30 goals.

Wayne Rooney would finish runner-up with 27 goals before two became teammates the following season.

2012-13 Robin van Persie (Manchester United) – 26 goals

Following his move from Arsenal to rivals Manchester United in the summer of 2012, Robin van Persie became only the second player after Alan Shearer to win back-to-back Golden Boots with different clubs.  It also made the Dutch striker the ninth and latest player to win both the Premier League and Golden Boot in the same season.

Liverpool’s Luis Suárez would finish second with 23 goals.

2013-14 Luis Suárez (Liverpool) – 31 goals

Luis Suárez became only the third player to score 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season and did so in fewer games than Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo, meaning the controversial Uruguayan has the best goals-to-games ratio in Premier League history.

Teammate Daniel Sturridge finished runner-up for the award with 21 goals, meaning this was the first and only time to date that the same team has had the top two scorers in the same season.  Thanks to a Steven Gerrard slip however, Liverpool managed not to win the title.

2014-15 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) – 26 goals

Sergio Agüero is one of the most-prolific strikers in Premier League history but his fitness has always been his down point.  The Argentine can’t seem to go a single season with a serious injury of some sort.  Therefore, reducing his chances of winning the Golden Boot.  He did win the award in 2014-15 with 26 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Manchester City.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane had his breakout season by netting 21 goals as his club’s frontman.

2015-16 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 25 goals

Harry Kane proved he wasn’t a one-season wonder by taking the Golden Boot with 25 goals.  In the process he became the first English player to win the Premier League Golden Boot in 16 years following Kevin Phillips’ efforts at the start of the millennium.

The England international finished one goal ahead of both Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).