Premier League Golden Boot
The Premier League Golden Boot, known for sponsorship reasons as the Barclays Golden Boot, is an annual English association football award given to the top goalscorer at the end of the Premier League season, the top domestic league competition in club football in England, since its creation in 1992. Golden Boot awards are also awarded to the first players to reach 10, 20 and 30 goals in a season.
The top-scoring Premier League Golden Boot winners are Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer with 34 goals in a 42-game season, but Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo jointly hold the record since the league changed to a 38 game season, with 31 goals. Thierry Henry has won the award the most times (four), all with Arsenal, while Shearer won it three times with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. Robin van Persie of Manchester United has held the Golden Boot for the last two seasons.
Combining the statistics for all winners up to 2013, a Premier League Golden Boot winner scores an average of 24 goals from 35 games, a strike rate of around 0.69 goals per appearance.
As of 2010–11, 16 players from 11 different clubs have won the award. The award has gone to a single player each season, with the exception of three seasons, the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons had three players who scored 18 goals each, while two players scored 20 goals each in 2010–11.
Only six players have won the Golden Boot more than once, Thierry Henry (4), Alan Shearer (3), Didier Drogba (2), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2), Michael Owen (2) and Robin van Persie (2). Of those players, three have won it with two different clubs, Shearer with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, Hasselbaink with Leeds United and Chelsea and Van Persie with Arsenal and Manchester United.
Winning the Golden Boot is not necessarily associated with league success; over 21 seasons to date, the Golden Boot winner has only been part of the league-winning side nine times.
Players from seven nations other than England have won the Golden Boot, with France and the Netherlands being the only countries with more than one player winning the trophy, with two and three respectively. Reflecting the increasing presence of foreign players in the Premier League, while no foreign-born player had won the award before 1997–98, no Englishman has won the award since Kevin Phillips in 1999–2000. Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was the first foreign player to win the award outright in 2000–01, after he had first shared it with Dwight Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago in 1998–99. Also, reflecting the dominance of the "Big Four" clubs, only one player (Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, 2010–11) since the 1999-2000 season has won the award whilst not playing for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United.
Goals and strike rates
The number of clubs in the Premier League was reduced from 22 in the 1994–95 season to 20 in the 1995–96 season, meaning that from the 1995–96 award onwards, players have had a maximum of 38 games to register their total number of goals for a Golden Boot, reduced from a maximum of 42 beforehand.
Only Alan Shearer has played every league game of a 42 game season during a Golden Boot-winning season, when he scored 34 goals in 42 games in Blackburn Rovers's title winning 1994–95 season. Van Persie has played in all 38 available games in each year he has won. The fewest games played in a season while still winning a Golden Boot, is 30 games, when Michael Owen scored 18 goals during Liverpool's 1998–99 season.
The highest number of goals scored to win the Golden Boot is 34, a record jointly held by both Andrew Cole (from 40 games) and Alan Shearer (from 42 games). The highest total for a 38-game season is 31 goals, jointly held by Cristiano Ronaldo (from 34 games) and Shearer again (from 35 games). Cristiano Ronaldo has also registered the highest strike rate recording in winning the Golden Boot, scoring those 31 goals over 34 games, during Manchester United's championship winning 2007–08 season.
Every winner of the Golden Boot has so far recorded an average strike rate of at least one goal every two games, and scored a minimum of 18 goals.
|Player (X)||Name of the player and number of times they had won the award at that point|
|Indicates multiple award winners in the same season|
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- From the 1995–96 season onwards, the Premier League was reduced from 22 teams to 20, thus reducing the number of games in a league season from 42 to 38.
- Teddy Sheringham scored his first goal of the 1992–93 season as a Nottingham Forest player, while the rest of his goals were scored for Tottenham Hotspur following his transfer in August 1992.
- The Arsenal.com 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.
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