Premier League Golden Boot

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Thierry Henry, wearing a red shirt with white long sleeves and shorts with a number 12 and Nike logo on the left-leg side, applauds.
Thierry Henry has won the most Golden Boot awards with four.

The Premier League Golden Boot is an annual association football award presented to the leading goalscorer in the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, from 1994 to 2001 it was called the Carling Golden Boot and from 2001 to 2004, the Barclaycard Golden Boot; as of 2013, it is referred to as the Barclays Golden Boot.[1][2] In addition to the trophy, winners of the Golden Boot are usually given £1,000 for every goal they scored throughout the season to donate to a charity of their choice,[3][4] although Robin van Persie was given £30,000 after scoring 26 goals in the 2012–13 season.[5][6]

The Premier League was founded in 1992, when the clubs of the First Division left The Football League and established a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.[2] The newly formed league had no sponsor for its inaugural season until Carling agreed to a four-year £12 million deal that started the following season,[7] and it was simply known as the Premier League in its first year.[2] As a result, the award was called the "Premier League Golden Boot" when Teddy Sheringham received the inaugural award in 1993.[8] Originally consisting of 22 teams, the league contracted to 20 teams after the 1994–95 season; this reduced the number of games played from 42 to 38.[2]

Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot on four occasions, more than any other player. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke were the first non-English and non-European winners, respectively, when they shared the award with Michael Owen in 1999. A year later, Kevin Phillips became the last English player – as of the 2013–14 season – to earn the Golden Boot.[9] Alan Shearer is the only player other than Henry to win the award in three consecutive seasons.[10] Phillips, Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez won the European Golden Shoe in the same season as the Premier League Golden Boot,[10][11] with Henry achieving this on two occasions (2004 and 2005).[12] Shearer, Hasselbaink and Van Persie are the only players to win the Golden Boot with two different clubs.[13]

Andrew Cole and Shearer – with 34 goals in 1993–94 and 1994–95, respectively – scored the most goals to win the Golden Boot,[10][A] while Nicolas Anelka scored the fewest to clinch the award outright, with 19 goals in 2008–09.[8] The all-time record for lowest number of goals scored to be bestowed the award, however, is 18 goals; this was achieved during the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons, when the award was shared between three players both times.[15] The latter season marked the last time the Golden Boot was shared until 2010–11,[16] when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez both scored 20 goals that season to tie for the award.[17] Luis Suárez recorded the highest goals-to-games ratio to win the award, scoring 31 goals in 33 games in 2013–14 for a rate of 0.94.[18][19]

Winners[edit]

Teddy Sheringham – wearing a long-sleeved white jersey, dark blue shorts and a Premier League captain's armband on the left arm – points at himself.
Teddy Sheringham won the inaugural Premier League Golden Boot in 1993.
Cristiano Ronaldo – wearing a long-sleeved red jersey, white shorts with a number 7 on the left-leg side and a white armband on the left arm – prepares to take a free kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2008 winner, is one of four different players to win the European Golden Shoe alongside the Golden Boot.
Dwight Yorke wearing a long-sleeved red-and-white-striped football jersey and white shorts with a number 34 on the left leg.
Dwight Yorke, the 1999 co-recipient, is the first winner of the Golden Boot from outside Europe.
Key
Player (X) Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
Games The number of Premier League games played by the winner that season[B]
Rate The winner's goals-to-games ratio that season
dagger Indicates multiple award winners in the same season
double-dagger Indicates player also won the European Golden Shoe in the same season
§ Denotes the club were Premier League champions in the same season
Premier League Golden Boot winners
Season Player Nationality Club Goals Games[C] Rate Ref(s)
1992–93 Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham  England Tottenham Hotspur[D] 22 41 0.54 [8]
1993–94 Cole, AndrewAndrew Cole  England Newcastle United 34 40 0.85 [8]
1994–95 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer  England Blackburn Rovers§ 34 42 0.81 [8][22]
1995–96 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer (2)  England Blackburn Rovers 31 35 0.89 [8][22]
1996–97 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer (3)  England Newcastle United 25 31 0.81 [8][22]
1997–98dagger Sutton, ChrisChris Sutton  England Blackburn Rovers 18 35 0.51 [8]
1997–98dagger Dublin, DionDion Dublin  England Coventry City 18 36 0.50 [8][23]
1997–98dagger Owen, MichaelMichael Owen  England Liverpool 18 36 0.50 [8]
1998–99dagger Owen, MichaelMichael Owen (2)  England Liverpool 18 30 0.60 [8]
1998–99dagger Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke  Trinidad and Tobago Manchester United§ 18 33 0.55 [24]
1998–99dagger Hasselbaink, Jimmy FloydJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink  Netherlands Leeds United 18 36 0.50 [8]
1999–2000 Phillips, KevinKevin Phillipsdouble-dagger  England Sunderland 30 36 0.83 [10][25]
2000–01 Hasselbaink, Jimmy FloydJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2)  Netherlands Chelsea 23 35 0.66 [26]
2001–02 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry  France Arsenal§ 24 33 0.73 [24]
2002–03 Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Manchester United§ 25 34 0.74 [27]
2003–04 Henry, ThierryThierry Henrydouble-dagger (2)  France Arsenal§ 30 37 0.81 [12][24]
2004–05 Henry, ThierryThierry Henrydouble-dagger (3)  France Arsenal 25 32 0.78 [12]
2005–06 Henry, ThierryThierry Henry (4)  France Arsenal 27 32 0.84 [8]
2006–07 Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba  Ivory Coast Chelsea 20 36 0.56 [28]
2007–08 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldodouble-dagger  Portugal Manchester United§ 31 34 0.91[E] [3][11]
2008–09 Anelka, NicolasNicolas Anelka  France Chelsea 19 36 0.53 [30]
2009–10 Drogba, DidierDidier Drogba (2)  Ivory Coast Chelsea§ 29 32 0.91[E] [31]
2010–11dagger Tevez, CarlosCarlos Tevez  Argentina Manchester City 20 31 0.65 [32]
2010–11dagger Berbatov, DimitarDimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria Manchester United§ 20 32 0.63 [32]
2011–12 Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie  Netherlands Arsenal 30 38[F] 0.79 [34]
2012–13 Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie (2)  Netherlands Manchester United§ 26 38 0.68 [5]
2013–14 Suárez, LuisLuis Suárezdouble-dagger  Uruguay Liverpool 31 33 0.94 [18]

Awards won by nationality[edit]

Country Total
 England 10
 Netherlands 5
 France 5
 Ivory Coast 2
 Trinidad and Tobago 1
 Portugal 1
 Argentina 1
 Bulgaria 1
 Uruguay 1

Awards won by club[edit]

Alan Shearer wearing a black jumper with a white collar visible.
Robin van Persie, wearing a red and white football jersey and white shorts, prepares to kick a football with his right foot with both arms outstretched.
Alan Shearer (left) and Robin van Persie (right) won consecutive Golden Boot awards with two different clubs.
Club Total
Manchester United 5
Arsenal 5
Chelsea 4
Blackburn Rovers 3
Liverpool 3
Newcastle United 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1
Coventry City 1
Leeds United 1
Sunderland 1
Manchester City 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cole and Shearer won the Golden Boot when the Premier League still operated a 42-game season. Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez scored the most goals in a 38-game season with 31 goals in 1995–96, 2007–08 and 2013–14, respectively.[2][3][14]
  2. ^ This does not necessarily match the total number of games in a season.
  3. ^ From the 1995–96 season onwards, the Premier League was reduced from 22 teams to 20,[20] thus reducing the number of games in a league season from 42 to 38.
  4. ^ Teddy Sheringham scored his first goal of the 1992–93 season as a Nottingham Forest player,[21] while the rest of his goals were scored for Tottenham Hotspur following his transfer in August 1992.
  5. ^ a b When rounding to three significant figures, Ronaldo's goal ratio in the 2007–08 season was 0.912, while Drogba's 2009–10 ratio was 0.906.[29]
  6. ^ Arsenal's official website incorrectly lists Van Persie as having played 37 games in the 2011–12 season. He played all 38 games, as confirmed by the Premier League.[33]

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