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 playing for a top-five club has helped a lot.
The 2020/21 season has now seen Man City regain the Premiership title from Liverpool. It was a fairly straightforward season for Pep Guardiola’s side, who finished 12 points ahead of Man United and 17 of Liverpool.
The race for the Golden Boot once again went down to the very last day. Harry Kane ending up winning with 23 goals, in what is the second Golden Boot of his career.
All Premier League Golden Boot Winners
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 23 goals
It seemed 23 was the magic number again this season as Kane topped the goalscoring charts for the second time in his career with 23 goals. On top of this, Kane also finished the season with the most assists, setting up another 14 goals. However, he somehow didn’t win the PFA Player Of The Year award, which went to Kevin De Bruyne.
Mo Salah was up there once again, finishing with 22 goals that season.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 23 goals
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the coveted Golden Boot with a tally of 23 Premier League goals. It was the first time Vardy has won the award and he becomes only the second Englishman after Harry Kane to take the crown in the last 20 years.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Southampton’s Danny Ings finished one goal behind Vardy on 22 each.
Mo Salah (Liverpool)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 22 goals each
It was tight at the top for the Golden Boot with Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero always there or thereabouts. By the last game of the season, Salah was at the top with 22 goals. But when he failed to score his two nearest rivals had a chance to catch up.
And they did. Sadio Mane put two passed Wolves taking his tally to 22. And Aubameyang also scored twice as Arsenal beat Burnley 3-1, which was just enough to tie for the Golden Boot. Despite scoring in Manchester City’s closing game, Sergio Aguero was still one goal adrift from his rivals.
Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 32 goals
This was the highest-scoring rate for the Gold Boot since Alan Shearer in 1995. Mo Salah was on fire as he blasted the ball in the back of the net a whopping 32 times in 36 games. Salah was also named Player of the Season by the Premier League, the PFA, and the FWA.
In any other year, Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs) would have topped the table. But even his 30 goals wasn’t enough to nab the Golden Boot in 2017-18. He had to settle for second place.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 29 goals
Harry Kane proved he wasn’t a one-season wonder by taking the Golden Boot again in 2016-17 with 29 goals. The England international finished four goals ahead Romelu Lukaku (Everton) and five ahead of Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 25 goals
Tottenham’s Harry Kane took the top honours with a fantastic tally of 25 goals. Jamie Vardy and Sergio Agüero finished the season with 24 goals each, followed by Romelu Lukaku on 18 goals for Everton.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) – 26 goals
Sergio Agüero is one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history. However, but his fitness always seems to let him down. The Argentine can’t seem to go a single season with a serious injury of some sort. Which inevitably reduces his chances of winning the Golden Boot. But he did win the award in 2014-15 with 26 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Manchester City.
Luis Suárez (Liverpool) – 31 goals
Luis Suárez became only the third player to score 31 goals in a 38-game Premier League season. He did so in fewer games than Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo. That means the controversial Uruguayan had the best goals-to-games ratio in Premier League history. Until Mo Salah in 2018 who scored 32 in 36 games!
Teammate Daniel Sturridge finished runner-up for the award with 21 goals. This was the first time that the same team had the top two scorers in the same season. Again, until Mo Salah and Sadio Sane in 2019. Thanks to a Steven Gerrard slip, however, Liverpool managed not to win the title.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) – 26 goals
Moving 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. The Dutch striker was the ninth player to win both the Premier League and Golden Boot in the same season.
Liverpool’s Luis Suárez finished second with 23 goals.
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 be as good as he was when the French manager turned him into a striker.
Van Persie scored 18 goals in the previous season before playing in a rare 38 Premier League games in a single season, topping the charts with 30 goals.
Wayne Rooney finished runner-up with 27 goals before two became teammates the following season.
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) – 20 goals each
Up to 2011, this was third and most recent time the Golden Boot had been shared. 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.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 29 goals
Didier Drogba had only scored just over dozen goals in two campaigns up to 2009-10. But he was on fire in Carlo Ancelotti’s free-scoring 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 finished runner-up in the Golden Boot campaign on both occasions.
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. Nicolas Anelka was the only winner of the award despite only netting in the teens.
Chelsea finished third that season, whilst Manchester United won the league with the help of Ronaldo’s 18 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 31 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo obliterated the Premier League in 2007-08 with 31 goals. That linked 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 he did hang onto Ronaldo for another season before CR7 transferred for a record £80 million.
Both Fernando Torres (Liverpool) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) were next on the list with 24 goals. Adebayor became the first and only player to date to score hat-tricks in two games against the same team in the same season. They were against Derby County.
Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 20 goals
Didier Drogba only needed 20 goals to win the Golden Boot in 2006-07 but Chelsea still finished 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. That earned the South African the runner-up spot.
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 27 goals
This was Thierry Henry’s record fourth season as the Premier League Golden Boot winner. It was also his last as injury struck, ruling him out for half of the following season. He then transferred to Barcelona in 2007. The 1998 World Cup winner remains only the second player to have won the award in three successive seasons.
Ruud van Nistelrooy was fully fit and prolific again this season, scoring 21 goals for Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid in the summer.
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 25 goals
Arsenal would only lose five games the following season and still finish 12 points behind José Mourinho’s Premier League Champions Chelsea. However, Thierry Henry’s goals didn’t dry up and the Frenchman managed to bang in 25 goals to 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.
Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 30 goals
Thierry Henry won his second Golden Boot in 2003-04 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 rarely repeated. This was the season Arsenal went through the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten. The won it on 90 points.
Alan Shearer finished behind the French striker with 22 goals. This was a record fourth and final time that Shearer would be runner-up in the race for the Golden Boot. It was also the former-England captain’s last real solid season before hanging his boots up at the end of the 2005-06 season.
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.
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. He won 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 that 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).
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 that 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 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.
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. He 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.
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. Until 2018-19, these were the only two instances that this happened. And 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. They split their Premier League goals among four strikers – Dwight Yorke (18), Andrew Cole (17), Ole Gunnar Solskjær (12) and Teddy Sheringham (2).
Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers)
Dion Dublin (Coventry City)
Michael Owen (Liverpool) – 18 goals each
The Golden Boot was shared for the first time between three joint-top scorers. Each on a meagre 18 goals during the 1997-98 season. Dennis Bergkamp was top scorer for champions Arsenal with only 16 goals. Manchester United’s top scorer was Andrew Cole on 15 goals. And Michael Owen was 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 ratio 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.
Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) – 25 goals
Following a then-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.
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Newcastle United finished runners-up for a second consecutive season. Following the resignation of manager Kevin Keegan in January, the Magpies started to drop down the league in the following seasons.
Arsenal’s Ian Wright finished runner-up with 23 goals. His side missed 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.
Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) – 31 goals
Alan Shearer netted 30+ goals for a third consecutive season but Blackburn Rovers failed to sustain any serious defense of their Premier League title. They finished fourth 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, Robin van Persie, and Mo Salah since.
Robbie Fowler was runner-up once more, scoring a personal best 28 goals for Liverpool during 1995-96.
Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) – 34 goals
This was the final Premier League season with 22 teams. 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 are inconsistent and in May 2017, five years to the day after dropping out of the Premier League, the club saw their second relegation as they descended into League One. The first Premier League champions to sink into the third tier. They were promoted again the following season.
Robbie Fowler finished some nine goals behind Shearer in second place in the scoring chart.
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 striker had helped fire Newcastle United into the top flight after signing from Bristol City in the latter stages of the season. He kept up his scoring streak helping Kevin Keegan’s side finish third. It was the joint-best finish 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.
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.
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