I think the majority of fans can say they watch football for goals? So the Premier League Golden Boot award is ranked high upon us all.
The competition is fierce and ever since the Premier League started its journey back in 1992, the competition has been blessed with some of the most prolific strikers ever to have graced the game.
To this day, the league boasts some of the best goal-scorers in world football in the likes of Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Mo Salah.
The race for the Premier League Golden Boot, therefore, is even more competitive and exhilarating than the title race itself.
The Premier League Golden Boot is a personal accolade that recognizes the feat of a Premier League player scoring the highest number of goals in a single season.
Given the fierce competition, winning the Golden Boot in the Premier League is a prestigious achievement for any player.
It also does wonders in driving up the value of a player by gigantic proportions in the transfer market.
Which club wouldn’t want to go for the guy who outscored Europe’s finest finishers?
22 more players had the privilege to go down in history as Premier League Golden Boot winners after Teddy Sheringham topped the scoring charts in the inaugural Premier League season.
As we continue to wait for the Premier League to return, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and relive the goal-scoring prowess of marksmen.
who claimed the crown of the league’s top scorer in the previous season. Buckle up your seatbelts!
Teddy Sheringham – Season 1992/93
Teddy Sheringham had started the season for Nottingham Forest and scored the first-ever goal televised on Sky Sports wearing the Midlands team’s jersey.
However, he joined Tottenham Hotspur just a week later and added 21 more goals to his tally totaling it to 22.
Andy Cole – Season 1993/94
Very few Newcastle fans would have hoped Newcastle United would finish 3rd in the Premier League after getting promoted from the Second Division the season before.
Andy Cole’s remarkable 34 goal haul helped the Magpies shatter all expectations in 93/94.
Alan Shearer – Season 1994/95, 1995/96 & 1996/97
Mr Alan Shearer is widely known as a Newcastle legend, but it was with Blackburn Rovers that the talismanic striker had won his only Premier League winners medal.
Shearer, who holds the status of Premier League’s all-time top scorer with 260 goals, had scored 34 goals that season.
He carried on his scoring spree, despite Blackburn’s dip in form. The Englishman returned 31 goals in mere 35 appearances, which was enough to ensure his back-to-back Golden Boot haul.
Shearer had scored 5 hat-tricks that season, which turned out to be his final campaign for the Riversiders.
Shearer returned to his boyhood club Newcastle United in 1996/97, and he didn’t forget to pack his scoring boots with him.
He became the first to win the Premier League Golden Boot in three consecutive seasons.
Shearer ended the season with 25 goals and also bagged the PFA Player of the Year award.
Michael Owen, Chris Sutton & Dion Dublin – Season 1997/98
This was the first time the Golden Boot award was shared among multiple players. Liverpool’s Michael Owen, Blackburn’s Chris Sutton, and Coventry City’s Dion Dublin each scored 18 goals for their respective clubs. Unfortunately, none of them managed to pick up a champions medal at the end of the season.
Dwight Yorke, Michael Owen & Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Season 1998/99
Michael Owen found himself in a déjà vu situation as he had to share the Golden Boot award with two other players once again.
Manchester United’s Dwight Yorke and Leeds United’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink matched Owen’s 18 goal spoils for Liverpool.
Kevin Phillips – Season 1999/00
Just as Andy Cole did it with Newcastle upon their Premier League return in 93/94, Kevin Phillips won the Premier League Golden Boot award out of the blue in Sunderland’s first Premier League season since 1995/96. Phillips had scored 30 goals for the Black Cats, which earned them a seventh-place finish.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Season 2000/01
After spending a season in Spain with Atletico Madrid, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink came to the Premier League with a bang and landed the Golden Boot award playing in a Chelsea shirt. Hasselbaink scored 23 goals and assisted 9 goals that season, but for some unknown reason, he wasn’t a part of the PFA Team of the Year in 2000/01.
Thierry Henry – Season 2001/02
Theirry Henry has won four Premier League Golden Boot crests, which is more than any other player in Premier League history.
During his illustrious Arsenal career, and the first of those came in the 2001/02 season. Henry’s 24 goals, paired with Robert Pires’s league-high 15 assists, propelled the Gunners to Premier League glory.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy – Season 2002/03
Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 25 goal season was integral to giving Manchester United an edge over in-form Arsenal in the title race. The Dutchman scored a goal more than Thierry Henry, who went on the win the Premier League Golden Boot in all of the three seasons that followed.
Thierry Henry – Season 2003/04, 2004/05 & 2005/06
2003/04 is the season when Arsenal made history by winning the league without losing a single match.
Thierry Henry scored 30 goals in that season, which made him the highest scorer not only in the Premier League but also in all five major European leagues combined.
Arsenal couldn’t hold on to the title the following season, but Thierry Henry didn’t take the foot off the accelerator.
The former France international had 25 goals by his name after the season concluded, four more than his nearest competitor Andy Johnson.
In 2005/06, Thierry Henry broke the legend of Newcastle Shearer’s record to become the winner of the highest number of Premier League Golden Boots.
The winger-turned-forward scored 27 times and shouldered his team to a fourth-place finish.
Didier Drogba – Season 2006/07
Didier Drogba had a brilliant 2006/07 season that kept Chelsea toe-to-toe with Manchester United in the fight for the title. But in the end, Drogba’s 20-goal haul wasn’t enough to beat Manchester United in the final point table.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Season 2007/08
Everything went right for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007/08. He won the Champions League and the Premier League title with Manchester United.
Moreover, he scored a whopping 31 goals in 34 games in the league, which earned him the European Golden Shoe award besides the Premier League Golden Boot honour.
Nicolas Anelka – Season 2008/09
Nicolas Anelka won the Golden Boot in the Premier League season 2008/09. The Chelsea man had scored 19 goals that season.
Which was enough to better the goalscoring record of any other Premier League attacker in 2008/09.
Didier Drogba – Season 2009/10
We had already seen Didier Drogba conquering the Premier League Golden Boot award back in 06/07, but his best was yet to come.
Drogba scored 29 goals in 32 outings in 2009/10, and this time, his efforts were rewarded with a Premier League Champions medal as Chelsea did one better than Manchester United to win the trophy.
Dimitar Berbatov & Carlos Tevez – Season 2010/11
In 2010/11, Manchester clubs Manchester City and Manchester United fought till the last day of the season to claim the Premier League crown.
While United managed to finally outsmart their neighbours in the title fight, Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov had to stay content sharing the Golden Boot award with Man City forward Carlos Tevez. Both had 20 goals under their belt.
Robin van Persie – Season 2011/12 & 2012/13
Robin van Persie didn’t hold back in his final season with Arsenal. The Dutchman bagged 30 goals in 2011/12, including a fine hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, which earned the Gunners a memorable 5-3 victory over Chelsea.
Robin van Persie changed his allegiance the season after his first Golden Boot but retained his status as Premier League’s top goal-scorer.
Van Persie fell four goals short in 2012/13 than his previous campaign, but that was adequate for his new team Manchester United to secure the Premier League silverware.
Luis Suarez – Season 2013/14
The Premier League Golden Boot, PFA Player of the Year, and the European Golden Shoe-if Liverpool didn’t agonizingly miss out on the title in the final days of the campaign.
2013/14 would have been a perfect season for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan found the net 31 times that season.
Sergio Aguero – Season 2014/15
It’s hard to swallow the fact that Sergio Aguero has won only one Premier League Golden Boot in his career.
The Argentine has always been a regular source of goals for Manchester City, but only in 2014/15, he succeeded in outscoring everyone else in the league. Aguero contributed 26 goals for the Sky Blues that season.
Harry Kane – Season 2015/16 & 2016/17
If it were any season other than 2015/16, the tale of Harry Kane’s mercurial rise to stardom would have been the talk of the season.
Even though Leicester’s fairytale-like Premier League triumph somewhat eclipsed Kane’s emergence, the England international will never forget how he scored 25 goals in a single Premier League season to burst into the scene and win the Golden Boot.
Off the back of a 25-goal season, Harry Kane enjoyed another cornucopias season in front of the goal.
He proved that he is far from just a one-season wonder. In 2016/17, Kane scored 29 goals in only 30 appearances.
In terms of goals per match ratio, Harry Kane’s 2016/17 number betters all Premier League Golden Boot winners to date.
Mohamed Salah – Season 2017/18
After an unsuccessful stint with Chelsea, Mohamed Salah took the Premier League by storm upon his return.
The Liverpool man scored 32 goals in a single season, which is the highest any player has scored in a 20-team Premier League format.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Season 2018/19
Mohamed Salah’s goal-scoring exploits continued in 2018/19, but he was joined by teammate Sadio Mane, and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the peak of the goal-scorers chart. Each of them scored 22 goals in the season.
Jamie Vardy – Season 2019-20
Jamie Vardy was firing on all cylinders during Leicester City’s memorable Premier League triumph in 2016. He contributed 24 goals, which ultimately, led the Foxes to title.
However, his 24 goal tally wasn’t enough to beat Harry Kane’s 25-goal haul.
Four years fast forward, the former England international secured his first PL golden boot scoring 23. Vardy edged his nearest competitor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by a single goal.
But, his goalscoring coup couldn’t deliver a happy finish to Leicester’s PL campaign this time around.
After spending a majority of the season in UCL spots, Brendan Rodgers’s men lost to Man United on final day. Doing so, they surrendered their Champions League spot to the Red Devils.
Premier League Top Scorer Of All Time
- Alan Shearer – 260 goals
- Wayne Rooney – 208 goals
- Andrew Cole – 187 goals
- Sergio Aguero – 180 goals
- Frank Lampard – 177 goals
- Thierry Henry – 175 goals
- Robbie Fowler – 163 goals
- Jermain Defoe – 162 goals
- Michael Owen – 150 goals
- Les Ferdinand – 149 goals
- Teddy Sheringham – 146 goals
- Robin Van Persie – 144 goals
- Harry Kane – 136 goals
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 127 goals
- Robbie Keane – 126 goals
- Nicolas Anelka – 125 goals
- Dwight Yorke – 123 goals
- Steven Gerrard – 120 goals
- Romelu Lukaku – 113 goals
- Ian Wright – 113 goals
What do Premier League Golden Boot Winners Receive?
The Premier League Golden Boot, which is currently sponsored by Cadbury, the winner receives a trophy that is designed in the shape of a boot.
And as the name suggests, it is golden in color. Besides the trophy, the winner receives £1000 for each of his goals scored.
The total sum goes to a charity chosen by the winner.
The race for the Premier League golden boot provides a great subplot to the thrills of the Premier League.
Sometimes, a player wins it virtually unrivaled, but sometimes, it turns out to be a close contest among a handful of elite attackers.
From a neutral perspective, I think we all favour the latter scenario as a much welcome add-on to our Premier League experience.