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The English Premier League (EPL) is an English football league contested by 20 teams each season with 38 games played between August and May of the following year. A team that finishes at the top position wins the Premier League trophy.
Premier League clubs also fight for a spot to take part in European competitions. Teams that finish second, third and fourth positions qualify for UEFA Champions League while positions five and six get a ticket for UEFA Europa League.
In every single season, a player who scores the most goals in the Premier League is awarded the Golden Boot, the player with the most assists takes home the award of a playmaker of the season, and a goalkeeper with the most clean sheets wins the Golden Gloves.
Since the Premier League was started in the year 1992, a number of players have emerged as the leading goal scorers with Teddy Sheringh being the first to win the Golden Boot. Thierry Henry is the player with a record of most Golden Boot awards winning them on four occasions.
Premier League Golden Boot Winners 1992-2022
|2021-22||Son Heung-min||South Korea||Tottenham||23||35|
|2019-20||Jamie Vardy||England||Leicester City||23||35|
|2016-17||Harry Kane||England||Tottenham Hotspur||29||30|
|2015–16||Harry Kane||England||Tottenham Hotspur||25||38|
|2014–15||Sergio Agüero||Argentina||Manchester City||26||33|
|2012–13||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Manchester United||26||38|
|2011–12||Robin van Persie||Netherlands||Arsenal||30||38|
|2010–11||Carlos Tevez||Argentina||Manchester City||20||31|
|2010–11||Dimitar Berbatov||Bulgaria||Manchester United||20||32|
|2009–10||Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||Chelsea||29||32|
|2007–08||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United||31||34|
|2006–07||Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||Chelsea||20||36|
|2002–03||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Netherlands||Manchester United||25||34|
|2000–01||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbain||Netherlands||Chelsea||23||35|
|1998–99||Dwight Yorke||Trinidad||Manchester United||18||33|
|1998–99||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Netherlands||Leeds United||18||36|
|1997–98||Chris Sutton||England||Blackburn Rovers||18||35|
|1997–98||Dion Dublin||England||Coventry City||18||36|
|1996–97||Alan Shearer||England||Newcastle United||25||31|
|1994–95||Alan Shearer||England||Blackburn Rovers||34||42|
|1993–94||Andy Cole||England||Newcastle United||34||40|
|1992–93||Teddy Sheringh||England||Tottenham Hotspur||22||41|
Some facts about the Golden Boot
- Alan Shearer and Robin Van Persie are the only players that have won the Golden Boot consecutively
- with two different clubs.
- Alan Shearer won the Golden Boot with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons respectively.
- Robin Van Persie won the Golden Boot with Blackburn Arsenal and Manchester United in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons respectively.
- English nationality players have won the most Golden Boots with 9 players having won it 14 times with Dutch player being the second most winner with 3 players winning it five times.
- Arsenal and Liverpool’s players have won the Golden Boot the most with each producing winners on six occasions.
- Thierry Henry is the only player who has won the Golden Boot the most having won on four occasions; 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06.
- Golden Boot winner receives 1,000 euros for every goal to donate to a charity organization of their choice.
- Mohammed Salah, Alan Shearer, and Robin Van Persie have won the Golden Boot three times each. Other players that have won it more than once include; Didier Drogba, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and Michael Owen.
- Dwight Yorke became the first player to win the Golden Boot from Outside Europe in the year 1999.
- Mohammed Salah set a record for the most goals scored in a single season to win the Golden Boot during the 2017-18 season after scoring 32 goals in 38 games.
- Only four players have won the Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe in the same season. They are Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Phillips, and Henry.
- Allan Shearer and Thierry Henry hold the record of winning the Golden Boot in three consecutive seasons.
- The Golden Boot has had 3 joint top scorers on 3(1998,1999 and 2019) occasions and 2 joint scorers on one occasion (2011).
- The least number of goals that won the Golden boot was 18 in a season.
- The Golden Boot Award is sponsored by Castrol.